Placing theme parks from the United States, Europe and Asia in a comparative, multidisciplinary framework, this fascinating book argues that these fantasy environments are an extreme example of the totalization of public space. By illuminating the relationship between theme parks and public space, this book offers critical insights into the ethos of total landscape. Illuminating the relationship between theme parks and public space, the book offers an insight into the ethos, design and expectations of public space in the twenty-first century.
’…an in-depth summary into the historical context and current issues surrounding PROPASt - privately-owned publicly accessible space…the in-depth exploration of themeing is especially fascinating…’ Geography 'The book takes the reader on a fascinating journey…a book that provides meticulous empirical information while challenging readers to think critically about the social and spatial dimensions of global change is worth leaving on one's coffee table, or one's desk - it is a book I will pick up again!' New Zealand Geographer 'Total landscape, theme parks, public space presents a highly original and refreshingly provocative take on the rise of landscapes of leisure in particular, and the fate of public space in general. The author, Miodrag Mitrasinovic, comes at his subject as a trained architect, a skilled navigator of postmodern critique, a writer with a strongly poetic vision of landscape, but also a father of a young child fascinated by all things Disney. This latter predicament infuses his work with a spirit of adventure, and a willingness to engage ideas that in some postmodern circles might be considered virtually heretical.' Cultural Geographies,
Contents: Foreword; You are here; Themeparking; Themeing; Departing; Becoming; Bibliography; Index.
Urban design is an expanding discipline bridging the gaps between the established built environment professions of architecture, planning, surveying, landscape architecture, and engineering. In this position, urban design also borrows from, and contributes to, academic discourse in areas as diverse as urban geography, sociology, public administration, cultural studies, environmental management, conservation and urban regeneration.
This series provides a means to disseminate more substantive urban and environmental design research. Specifically, contributions will be welcomed which are the result of original empirical research, scholarly evaluation, reflection on the practice and the process of urban design, and critical analysis of particular aspects of the built environment. Volumes should be of international interest and may reflect theory and practice from across one or more of the spatial scales over which urban design operates, from environmental and spatial design of settlements, to a concern with large areas of towns and cities - districts or quarters, to consideration of individual developments, urban spaces and networks of spaces, to the contribution of architecture in the urban realm.