Embodied Utopias / Edition 1

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415248136
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Series: Architext Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. I Introduction
Ch. 1 Is There a Built Form for Non-Patriarchal Utopias?
Sect. II Civilization/Degeneration: Desire and Repulsion in the Modern City
Ch. 2 Making the City Beautiful: Aesthetic Reform and the (Dis)placement of Bodies
Ch. 3 Urban Space, Modernity, and Masculinist Desire: The Utopian Longings of Le Corbusier
Ch. 4 Dystopia in Utopia: Exoticism and Degeneration in Indochina, 1890-1940
Sect. III At Home in Public
Ch. 5 At Home in Public: The Hull House Settlement and the Study of the City
Ch. 6 Utopian Visions and Architectural Designs of Turn-of-the-Century Social Settlements
Sect. IV Esprit de Corps and Esprit Decor: Domesticity, Community and Creative Autonomy in the Building of Female Public Identity
Ch. 7 A Women's Berlin: How Female Patrons and Architects in Imperial Germany Re-Gendered the City
Ch. 8 Endeavors and Expectations: Housing Washington's Women
Sect. V Embodying Urban Design
Ch. 9 Personal City: Tysons Corner and the Question of Identity
Ch. 10 Re-Reading Disney's Celebration: Gendered Topography in a Heterotopian Pleasure Garden
Ch. 11 Bangkok Simultopia
Sect. VI Haunting the City
Ch. 12 Networked Interventions: Debugging the Electronic Frontier
Ch. 13 Frugality and the City: Hanoi Palimpsest
Ch. 14 Against Utopia: The Romance of Indeterminate Spaces
Ch. 15 The Time of Architecture
Bibliography
Index
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