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Cityscapes in History

Creating the Urban Experience

By Heléna Tóth

Edited by Katrina Gulliver

© 2014 – Routledge

254 pages

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Cityscapes in History: Creating the Urban Experience explores the ways in which scholars from a variety of disciplines - history, history of art, geography and architecture - think about and study the urban environment. The concept ’cityscapes’ refers to three different dynamics that shape the development of the urban environment: the interplay between conscious planning and organic development, the tension between social control and its unintended consequences and the relationship between projection and self-presentation, as articulated through civic ceremony and ritual. The book is structured around three sections, each covering a particular aspect of the urban experience. ’The City Planned’ looks at issues related to agency, self-perception, the transfer of knowledge and the construction of space. ’The City Lived’ explores the experience of urbanity and the construction of space as a means of social control. And finally, ’The City as a Stage’ examines the ways in which cultural practices and power-relations shape - and are in turn shaped by - the construction of space. Each section combines the work of scholars from different fields who examine these dynamics through both theoretical essays and empirical research, and provides a coherent framework in which to assess a wide range of chronological and geographical subjects. Taken together the essays in this volume provide a truly interdisciplinary investigation of the urban phenomenon. By making fascinating connections between such seemingly diverse topics as 15th century France and modern America, the collection raises valuable questions about scholarly approaches to urban studies.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword: cityscapes of the living past, Philip J. Ethington; Introduction, Katrina Gulliver and Heléna Tóth. Part I The City Planned: Performing the geographical imaginary in 19th-century Pittsburgh, Michael R. Glass; Towards the humanization of urban life: CIAM planners as advocates of the neighbourhood unit concept in the 1930s and 1940s, Konstanze Sylva Domhardt; To become a monument: artworks by Claes Oldenburg and Robert Smithson, Susanneh Bieber; Urbanization in socialism: everyday life in Yugoslav towns, 1945 to 1955, Ivana Dobrivojevic. Part II The City Lived: The city as the site of the other: the (dis)ordered colonial city, Katrina Gulliver; The architecture of hurry, Richard Dennis; The spatial concentration of homelessness on Skid Row, Ella Howard. Part III The City as a Stage: Rites of intent: the participatory dimensions of the city, Nicholas Temple; Building a new Jerusalem in Renaissance France: ceremonial entries and the transformation of the urban fabric, 1460-1600, Neil Murphy; ’It must not look like expropriation’: the Cemetery Regulations of 1970 in Communist Hungary and the spatial aspects of the ’battle between the religious and the materialist world view’, Heléna Tóth; Afterword: the new geography of hurry, Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom. Index.

About the Author/Editor

Dr Katrina Gulliver is lecturer in history at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Dr Heléna Tóth is research fellow at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / History / General
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century