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The Territories of Identity

Architecture in the Age of Evolving Globalization, 1st Edition

Edited by Soumyen Bandyopadhyay, Guillermo Garma Montiel


256 pages

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The expedited globalised process of exchange and new forms of cultural production have transformed old established notions of identity, calling into question their conceptual foundations. This book explores the spatial and representational dimension of this phenomenon, by addressing how the reshaping of the key themes of place, architecture and memory are altering the nature, as well as, our understanding of identity.

Cutting across boundaries, the book drives discussion of identity beyond the well-worn concern for its loss within a globalised context, and importantly provides links between identity, place, memory and representation in architecture. Examining a range of case studies from Australia, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico, Turkey and Singapore, as well as with contributions cutting across geographical and temporal boundaries, this volume addresses such issues as architecture technology, place and memory – critical issues in the monitoring and mapping of identity shift within a rapidly globalising context.

With contributions from renowned authors in the field including Nicholas Temple, Patsy Hely, Robert Brown, Liane Lefaivre, John Hendrix, Ana Souto, Fiona MacLaren, Stephen Walker, Nezar AlSayyad, Andrzej Piotrowski, Catherine Ettinger, Luz Marie Rodríguez, and Raymond Quek this book presents fresh insights and diverse perspectives on the evolving question of identity and globalisation.


"[T]he book is a good read in architectural history and theory. And it may encourage similar critiques of twenty-first-century architecture and the political and institutional transformation of modern-day stateless interdependency."Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, University of Wolverhampton

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Place and Identity 1. Changing Identities in the Oecumene. Geography and Architecture in the Greco-Roman World Nicholas Temple 2. Buildings and the Performance of Identity Patsy Hely 3. Emplacement, Embodiment and Ritual: Some Considerations from shikii wo matagu for our understanding of Place and Identity Robert Brown 4. Architecture, Architect and the Recessive Nature of Technology: The Work of Laurie Baker in India Soumyen Bandyopadhyay 5. Spatial Memory and Identity in the Work of Istanbul/Vienna Artist Canan Dagdelen Liane Lefaivre Part 2: Memory and Identity 6. Psychoanalysis and Identity in Architecture John Hendrix 7. Architecture and Memory. Berlin, A Phenomenological Approach Ana Souto 8. Identities in the Architecture of Mexico City: Memories and Histories in La Plaza de la Constitución and the Temple of Santa Teresa la Antigua Guillermo Garma Montiel 9. Post Conflict Space: Mediating Memory and the Parameters of Identity Fiona MacLaren 10. Helen Chadwick: The Model Institution and Personal Identity Stephen Walker Part 3: Representation and Identity 11. Identity, Culture, and Urbanism: Remarks from Colonialism to Globalization Nezar AlSayyad 12. Space of Representational Negotiations: Beyond Ruskin and Bhabha Andrzej Piotrowski 13. Colour and Tradition. The portrayal of Mexican Architecture in the American Press Catherine Ettinger 14. To Be for [an]Other: The Caribe Hilton or Ambivalence as Presence in a United States’ Colony Luz Marie Rodríguez 15. The Mirror of Territorial Identity in Singapore Professional Architecture 1923 – 1969: Colonialism, Nationalism, Separation and Independence Raymond Quek

About the Editors

Soumyen Bandyopadhyay is Professor of Architecture and Design at Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Guillermo Garma Montiel is Principal Lecturer in Architecture at Nottingham Trent University, UK.

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