The turn of the 1960s-70s, characterized by the rapid acceleration of globalization, prompted a radical transformation in the perception of urban and natural environments. The urban revolution and related prospect of the total urbanisation of the planet, in concert with rapid population growth and resource exploitation, instigated a surge in environmental awareness and activism. One implication of this moment is a growing recognition of the integration and interconnection of natural and urban entities. The present collection is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the changing modes of representation of nature in the city beginning from the turn of the 1960s/70s. Bringing together a number of different disciplinary approaches, including architectural studies and aesthetics, heritage studies and economics, environmental science and communication, the collection reflects upon the changing perception of socio-natures in the context of increasing urban expansion and global interconnectedness as they are/were manifest in specific representations. Using cases studies from around the globe, the collection offers a historical and theoretical understanding of a paradigmatic shift whose material and symbolic legacies are still accompanying us in the early 21st century.
"This ambitious publication makes an original contribution to our understanding of the changing perceptions of nature within the urban from the late 1960s/1970s. Architectural, visual and material culture case studies that include considerations of heritage, communication, and ecological perspectives from the UK, Europe, US and Asia contribute to its originality and offer new ways of thinking about and reflecting upon a major shift in contemporary global culture." -- Fran Lloyd, Kingston University, UK
Introduction: global cities, global nature
(Gabriel Gee & Alison Vogelaar)
Part I: Forgotten Spaces
(Gabriel N. Gee)
(Michelle L. Stefano)
(Lori M. Gibbs)
Part II: Artificial Spaces
(Tuula Närhinen & Gabriel Gee)
Part III: Interstitial Spaces
(Eliana Sousa Santos)
(Maria Joao Matos)
(Conor McFeely & Gabriel Gee)
(Alison Vogelaar and Brack Hale)
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