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City of Collective Memory Its Historical Imagery and Architectural Entertainments

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ISBN-10: 026252211X

ISBN-13: 9780262522113

Edition: 1996 (Reprint)

Authors: M. Christine Boyer

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Christine Boyer faces head-on the crisis of the city in the late twentieth century, taking us on a fascinating journey through theaters and museums, panoramas and maps, buildings and institutions that are used to construct a new reading of the city as a system of representation, a complex cultural entity. Boyer brings together elements and concepts from geography, critical theory, architecture, literature, and painting in a synthetic and readable work that is broad in its reach and original in its insights. What finally emerges is a sense of the city reinvigorated with richness and potential. The City of Collective Memorydescribes a series of different visual and mental models by which the urban environment has been recognized, depicted, and planned. Boyer identifies three major "maps": one common to the traditional city -- the city as a work of art; one characteristic of the modern city -- the city as panorama; and one appropriate to the contemporary city -- the city as spectacle. It is a richly illustrated and documented study that pays considerable attention to the normally hidden and unspoken codes that regulate the order imposed on and derived from the city. A wide range of secondary historical literature and theoretical work is considered, with evident debts to structuralist analysis of urban form represented by Aldo Rossi, as well to much post-structuralist criticism from Walter Benjamin to the present.
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 2/28/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 572
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Place of History and Memory in the Contemporary City
City Images and Representational Forms
Historical Precedents for the City of Collective Memory
The City and the Theater
The Art of Collective Memory
Topographical Travelogues and City Views
Invented Traditions and Cityscapes
Contemporary Forms of the City of Collective Memory
The Instruments of Memory
Manhattan Montage
Epilogue
The City as Radical Artifice
Notes
Index