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Curating Architecture and the City

1st Edition

Edited by Sarah Chaplin, Alexandra Stara


258 pages

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Addressing the collection, representation and exhibition of architecture and the built environment, this book explores current practices, historical precedents, theoretical issues and future possibilities arising from the meeting of a curatorial ‘subject’ and an architectural ‘object’.

Striking a balance between theoretical investigations and case studies, the chapters cover a broad methodological as well as thematic range. Examining the influential role of architectural exhibitions, the contributors also look at curatorship as an emerging attitude towards the investigation and interpretation of the city. International in scope, this collection investigates curation, architecture and the city across the world, opening up new possibilities for exploring the urban fabric.

Table of Contents

Introduction Sarah Chaplin and Alexandra Stara Part 1: City Tours and Urban Reveries 1. Remembering Dublin in Ulysses Hugh Campbell 2. Choose (what) to learn from Las Vegas, LA, London, Rome, Lagos…? Suzanne Ewing 3. Curated Desires: Film, photography and the visual transformation of urban space in surrealism Michael Chapman and Michael Ostwald 4. Moving City: Curating architecture on site Jonathan Hale 5. Awaiting the Voice-Over: The Oresund Film Commission Location Database and the Mediatization of Architectural Landscape Maria Hellstrom Reimer 6. Curating Contemporary Architecture: Touring the Bilbao Guggenheim and Seattle Central Library Ari Seligmann Part 2: Rethinking Curatorship, Rethinking Architecture 7. Cura Tim Gough 8. Caring for dead architecture Matthias Albrecht Amann 9. Exhibiting Architecture: The installation as laboratory for emerging architecture Florian Kossak 10. From Flash Art to Flash Mob: Art in the age of spectacularisation Corinna Dean 11. Reading into the Mysteries of Artemis Ephesia Zeynep Akture Part 3: Re-interpreting Public Space and Cultural Heritage 12. Curating the social, curating the architectural Gerald Adler 13. Expanding the public realm through curated collaborative action: The Echigo Tsumari abandoned house project Carol Mancke 17. Curating the Nation: Turkish Pavilions in World Expositions Sebnem Yucel Young 14. After Branding – A Lively Downtown? Marie-Paule Macdonald 15.The Necessity of Distance: Setting the Position for Critical Spatial Practice Catharina Gabrielsson 16. Urban Fictions with the Office for Subversive Architecture Alexandra Stara Afterword Jeremy Till

About the Editors

Sarah Chaplin is Deputy Director of the Urban Renaissance Institute and Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Greenwich, London.

Alexandra Stara is Director of Graduate History & Theory and Principal Lecturer at the School of Architecture & Landscape, University of Kingston, UK.

About the Series


Critical Studies in Architectural Humanities
Critiques is the book series of the AHRA – Architectural Humanities Research Association. Originally established in 2003 AHRA supports and disseminates interdisciplinary scholarship in all areas under the broad heading of architectural humanities, including architectural history, theory, culture, design and urbanism.

This original series of edited books contains selections of essays developed from the best papers presented at the annual AHRA International Conferences. Each year the event has a particular thematic focus while sharing an emphasis on new and emerging areas of critical research. Recent interdisciplinary areas addressed include urban studies, spatial politics, anthropology, exhibitions and representation.

To find out more about AHRA activities including the themes to be addressed in forthcoming conferences please follow the link below:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching