Memory and Architecture

Memory and Architecture

by Eleni Bastéa
     
 

Using the analytical perspectives of architecture, comparative literature, and cultural studies, the essays in Memory and Architecture examine the role of memory in the creation of our built environment.

Part I, "Designing National Memories," examines the ways institutions and individuals construct national memory. Eric Sandweiss discusses American urban

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Using the analytical perspectives of architecture, comparative literature, and cultural studies, the essays in Memory and Architecture examine the role of memory in the creation of our built environment.

Part I, "Designing National Memories," examines the ways institutions and individuals construct national memory. Eric Sandweiss discusses American urban history museums; Mark Jarzombek addresses the reconstruction of Dresden, Germany; Fernando Lara contrasts Brazilian modern architecture to earlier European modernism; and Maria de Lourdes Luz and Ana Lucia Santos look at Brazilian history through the prism of the coffee plantation system.

Part II, "Literary Memory Spaces," focuses on the treatment of place in literature. Sabir Khan spotlights the experiences of two South Asian women who return to their homelands after several years abroad to discover changes in their native landscape. Barbara Mann explores the Old Cemetry in Tel Aviv, while Carel Bertram considers images of the Turkish house, and Eleni Bastéa examines the cities of Thessaloniki and Istanbul as reflected in literary novels.

Part III, "Personal Cartographies," comprises three personal essays: Catherine Hamel on Beirut, Christine Gorby on Belfast, and V. B. Price on Los Angeles and Albuquerque. "The Voices from the Studio" in Part IV considers the ways memory may apply to the teaching of architecture. Thomas Fisher writes about the state of architectural education, Rachel Hurst and Jane Lawrence describe their teaching methods. Sheona Thomson examines the relationship between the spaces of architecture and the spaces of literature asking, "Why couldn't we be drawn more often into learning about architecture by studying how it has been painted by Giotto, or described by Virginia Woolf, or, for that matter, by being asked to reflect on our own recollections of place?"

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826332691
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
11/15/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
351
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Ch. 1Framing urban memory : the changing role of history museums in the American city25
Ch. 2Disguised visibilities : Dresden/"Dresden"49
Ch. 3Designed memories : the roots of Brazilian modernism79
Ch. 4Patrimony and cultural identity : the coffee plantation system - Paraiba Valley, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil99
Ch. 5Memory work : the reciprocal framing of self and place in emigre autobiographies117
Ch. 6Memory and diaspora in Tel Aviv's Old Cemetery141
Ch. 7Housing the symbolic universe in early republican Turkey : architecture, memory, and "the felt real"165
Ch. 8Storied cities : literary memories of Thessaloniki and Istanbul191
Ch. 9Beirut, exile, and the scars of reconstruction213
Ch. 10Diffused spaces : a sacred study of West Belfast, North Ireland235
Ch. 11Profaning sacred space : Los Angeles in New Mexico269
Ch. 12What memory? : whose memory?283
Ch. 13(Re)placing, remembering, revealing : understanding through memory and making293
Ch. 14Places within and without : memory, the literary imagination, and the project in the design studio317

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