Historically the urban festival served as an occasion for affirming shared convictions and identities in the life of the city. Whether religious or civic in nature, these events provided tangible expressions of social, cultural, political, and religious cohesion, often reaffirming a particular shared ethos within diverse urban landscapes. Architecture has long served as a key aspect of this process exhibiting continuity in the flux of these representations through the parading of elaborate ceremonial floats, the construction of temporary buildings, the ‘dressing’ of existing urban space, the alternative occupations of the everyday, and the construction of new buildings and spaces which then become a part of the background fabric of the city.
This book examines how festivals can be used as a lens to examine the relationship between city and citizen and questions whether this is fixed through time, or has been transformed as a response to changes in the modern urban condition. Architecture, Festival and the City looks at the multilayered nature of a diverse selection of festivals and the way they incorporate both orderly (authoritative) and disorderly (subversive) components. The aim is to reveal how the civic nature of urban space is utilised through festival to represent ideas of belonging and identity. Recent political and social gatherings also raise questions about the relationship of these events to ‘ritual’ and whether traditional practices can serve as meaningful references in the twenty-first century.
Table of Contents
Introduction Christian Frost, Raymond Lucas, Jemma Browne The Festival in History 1. ‘Pruning and propagating civic behaviour: three feste in and around Santa Maria della Vittoria in Mantua, 1495-97’ - Italy Susan Janet May 2. A Contemporary Reading of the Accession Day Tilts in relation to Festival and the Elizabethan Notion of ‘Lost Sense of Sight’- UK Constance Lau 3. Festa della Chinea: Tradition and the 'Exotic' in Roman Festival Design –Italy Nicholas Temple 4. "Honneurs et applaudissements": Celebrating the first Jesuit Saints in 17th Century- France Iara Alejandra Dundas The Festival Through History 5. Script and Score: Revisiting Nelson Goodman at Sanja Matsuri- Japan Raymond Lucas 6. The Calcio Storico in Florence: Agonistic Ritual and the Space of Civic Order- Italy Christian Frost 7. The Festal Topography of Andre Breton’s Paris- France Dagmar Motycka Weston 8. The Town of Witches: Triora Transfixed - Italy Grace Alexandra Williams 9. Festival, Ritual and Rhetoric of the Arabian Market Street – Middle East Jasmine Shahin Meaning in the Modern Festival 10. A Better Life For More People: Jaqueline Tyrwhitt's contribution for the Festival of Britain -UK Paola Zanotto 11. A Vigorous Corrective: The Ulster ‘71 Festival - Northern Ireland Sarah Anne Lappin and Una Walker 12. The Pope, the Park and the City: Dublin, 1979 -Republic of Ireland Brian Ward and Gary Boyd 13. Urban Fabric: Maria Lai at Ulassai,- Sardinia Italy David Chandler 14. The Social Architecture of Contemporary Cultural Festivals: Connecting People, the Environment and Art in the Setouchi Triennale - Japan Simone Shu-Yeng Chung 15. Tahrir Square’s Festive Imagination- Egypt Hazem Ziada Index