Embodied Utopias / Edition 1

Embodied Utopias / Edition 1

by Amy Bingaman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415248132

ISBN-13: 9780415248136

Pub. Date: 12/01/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Utopia has acquired a bad reputation in recent scholarship on modernism, architecture, urban planning and gender studies. Many utopian designs now appear impractical, manifesting an arrogant disregard for the lived experiences of the ordinary inhabitants who make daily use of global, public and private spaces.

The essays in Embodied Utopias argue that the gendered

Overview

Utopia has acquired a bad reputation in recent scholarship on modernism, architecture, urban planning and gender studies. Many utopian designs now appear impractical, manifesting an arrogant disregard for the lived experiences of the ordinary inhabitants who make daily use of global, public and private spaces.

The essays in Embodied Utopias argue that the gendered body is the crux of the hopes and disappointments of modern urban and suburban utopias of the United States of America, Europe and Asia. They reassess utopian projects -- masculinist, feminist, colonialist, progressive -- of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; they survey the dystopian landscapes of the present; and they gesture at the potential for an embodied approach to the urban future, to the changing spaces of cities and virtual landscapes.

With essays from a wide range of fields including architecture and urban planning, art and art history, media and cultural studies, communications, geography, philosophy, and gender studies, Embodied Utopias makes an important contribution to the ongoing dialogue between cultural theory and the history and practice of architecture and urban design.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415248136
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Series:
Architext Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresvii
Notes on Contributorsx
Forewordxiv
Acknowledgementsxvii
Embodied Utopia: Introduction1
Part I13
1Is There a Built Form for Non-Patriarchal Utopias?15
Part IICivilization/Degeneration: Desire and Repulsion in the Modern City33
Introduction34
2Making the City Beautiful: Aesthetic Reform and the (Dis)placement of Bodies37
3Urban Space, Modernity, and Masculinist Desire: The Utopian Longings of Le Corbusier55
4Dystopia in Utopia: Exoticism and Degeneration in Indochina, 1890-194079
Part IIIAt Home in Public93
Introduction94
5At Home in Public: The Hull House Settlement and the Study of the City99
6Utopian Visions and Architectural Designs of Turn-of-the-Century Social Settlements116
Part IVEsprit De Corps and Esprit Decor: Domesticity, Community and Creative Autonomy in the Building of Female Public Identity133
Introduction134
7A Women's Berlin: How Female Patrons and Architects in Imperial Germany Re-Gendered the City139
8Endeavours and Expectations: Housing Washington's Women156
Part VEmbodying Urban Design167
Introduction168
9Personal City: Tysons Corner and the Question of Identity173
10Re-Reading Disney's Celebration: Gendered Topography in a Heterotopian Pleasure Garden188
11Bangkok Simultopia204
Part VIHaunting the City219
Introduction220
12Networked Interventions: Debugging the Electronic Frontier225
13Frugality and the City: Hanoi Palimpsest242
14Against Utopia: The Romance of Indeterminate Spaces256
Part VII263
15The Time of Architecture265
Bibliography279
Index305

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