Transculturation

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Overview

Transculturation: Cities, Spaces and Architectures in Latin America explores the critical potential inherent in the notion of "transculturation" in order to understand contemporary architectural practices and their cultural realities in Latin America.
Despite its enormous theoretical potential and its importance within Latin American cultural theory, the term transculturation had never permeated into architectural debates. In fact, none of the main architectural theories produced in and about Latin America during the second half of the twentieth century engaged seriously with this notion as a way to analyze the complex social, cultural and political circumstances that affect the development of the continent's cities, its urban spaces and its architectures. Therefore, this book demonstrates, for the first time, that the term transculturation is an invaluable tool in dismantling the essentialist, genealogical and hierarchical perspectives from which Latin American architectural practices have been viewed.
Transculturation: Cities, Spaces and Architectures in Latin America introduces new readings and interpretations of the work of well-known architects, new analyses regarding the use of architectural materials and languages, new questions to do with minority architectures, gender and travel, and, from beginning to end, it engages with important political and theoretical debates that have rarely been broached within Latin American architectural circles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789042016286
  • Publisher: Rodopi
  • Publication date: 11/22/2008
  • Series: Critical Studies
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : transcultural architectures in Latin America
Sect. 1 Space, place and identity 1
Reconfiguring the Caribbean's sense of place : from fixed identity to fluid hybridity 2
The construction of home in the informal city 22
From Austin, Texas to Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala and back again 43
Changing perceptions of national identity in Brazilian art and modern architecture 59
Sect. 2 Re-viewing the city 77
Chopin to the electric chair! : the Mexican avant-garde and the revolutionised city 78
Landscapes of confusion : the urban imaginaries of Nestor Garcia Canclini and Kevin Lynch 92
Colonising the land : Heimat and the constructed landscapes of Mexico's Ciudad Universitaria (1943-1953) 109
Sect. 3 Theorising architectures 125
Translation theory and transnational architectures : reading between history, architecture and cultural theory 126
Cement and multiculturalism 144
Syncretism, wonder and memory in the work of Rogelio Salmona 155
Niemeyer's casino and the misdeeds of Brazilian architecture 169
Trope of the tropics : the baroque in modern Brazilian architecture, 1940-1950 189
Transculturation : taking stock 204
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