Urban Avant-Gardes and Social Transformation: Art, Architecture and Change / Edition 1

Urban Avant-Gardes and Social Transformation: Art, Architecture and Change / Edition 1

by Malcolm Miles
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415266874

ISBN-13: 9780415266871

Pub. Date: 04/08/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

"The book begins with a reconsideration of the first avant-garde of the nineteenth century, followed by commentaries on the avant-gardes of early Modernist art and architecture. It then engages with the theories as well as cultural practices of the 1960s, and seeks to identify flaws in the concept of an avant-garde that may still disable cultural interventions. Moving…  See more details below

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"The book begins with a reconsideration of the first avant-garde of the nineteenth century, followed by commentaries on the avant-gardes of early Modernist art and architecture. It then engages with the theories as well as cultural practices of the 1960s, and seeks to identify flaws in the concept of an avant-garde that may still disable cultural interventions. Moving on through the 1990s, the book interrogates practices between art, architecture and theory. It does not propose a new avant-garde but does find hope in emerging practices that in various ways engage with the agendas of environmentalism and social justice. At this point the terms art and architecture, as well as avant-garde, cease to be useful; what emerges is a need to re-imagine a public sphere." Urban Avant-Gardes brings together material from a wide range of disciplines in the arts and social sciences to argue for cultural intervention as a means to radical change, while recognising that most such efforts in the past have not delivered the dreams of their perpetrators.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415266871
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/08/2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Acknowledgements
General introduction
11871: Spitting on Bonaparte1
21912: Red flags and revolutionary anthems23
31938: Cap-Martin47
41967: Why tomorrow never dawns70
51989: After the Wall93
61993 (i): In memories of dark times119
71993 (ii): Participation and provocation147
82001 (i): Sustainabilities180
92001 (ii): Cosmopolis209
Bibliography237
Index263

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