City of Collective Memory Its Historical Imagery and Architectural Entertainments
Edition: 1996 (Reprint)
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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.
List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 2/28/1996
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
|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|
|The City as Radical Artifice|