Urban Space and Cityscapes: Perspectives from Modern and Contemporary Culture

Urban Space and Cityscapes: Perspectives from Modern and Contemporary Culture

by Christoph Lindner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415366526

ISBN-13: 9780415366526

Pub. Date: 03/01/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

From the verticals of New York, Hong Kong, and Australia's Gold Coast to the sprawls of London, Paris, and Jakarta, this cross-disciplinary volume of new writing examines constructions, representations, imaginations, and theorizations of urban space and cityscapes in modern and contemporary culture. Linked by a shared concern for issues of spatiality, the topics are

Overview

From the verticals of New York, Hong Kong, and Australia's Gold Coast to the sprawls of London, Paris, and Jakarta, this cross-disciplinary volume of new writing examines constructions, representations, imaginations, and theorizations of urban space and cityscapes in modern and contemporary culture. Linked by a shared concern for issues of spatiality, the topics are organized around three interrelated themes - image, text, and form - and range from the examination of cyberpunk skylines, postcolonial urbanism, and the cinema of urban disaster, to the analysis of iconic city landmarks such as the Twin Towers, the London Eye, and the Jewish Museum Berlin.

Working at the intersections of visual, material, and literary culture, Urban Space and Cityscapes seeks in particular: to provide new critical and theoretical perspectives on the city at a time when the condition and future of urbanism are major subjects of international and public concern. to examine the aesthetic, narrative, and representational strategies used to interpret the dynamic space of cities. to explore the relationship between urban space and a variety of pressing cultural concerns, including issues of identity, memory, technology, class, gender, nation, and ethnicity. With original essays from the fields of architecture, cultural theory, film, geography, literature, and visual art, Urban Space and Cityscapes offers fresh insight into the increasingly complex relationship between urban space, cultural production, and everyday life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415366526
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Series:
Questioning Cities Series
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


List of illustrations     ix
Contributors     xi
Acknowledgements     xiii
Foreword   Edward W. Soja     xv
Revisioning urban space and cityscapes   Christoph Lindner     1
Image     15
Cityscape with Ferris wheel: Chicago, 1893   Mark Dorrian     17
Seeing only corpses: vision and/of urban disaster in apocalyptic cinema   Barry Langford     38
New York, 9/11   Brian Jarvis     49
The idea of Hong Kong: structures of attention in the City of Life   Stephanie Hemelryk Donald     63
Text     75
Paris underground: Juan Goytisolo and the 'Situationist' city   Andrew Hussey     77
Negotiations of London as imperial urban space in the contemporary postcolonial novel   Sara Upstone     88
Reading urban spaces in African texts   Tim Woods     101
Reading the illegible cityscapes of postmodern fiction   Caroline Bate     112
The death and return of the New York skyscraper: Cather, Libeskind, and verticality   Christoph Lindner     122
Form     135
The museum, the street, and the virtual landscape of Berlin   Julia Ng     137
The reversible city: exhibition(ism), chorality, and tenderness in Manhattan and Venice   Teresa Stoppani     155
Australia's Gold Coast: a city producing itself   Patricia Wise     177
Cognitive mapping the dispersed city   Stephen Cairns     192
Bibliography     206
Index     217

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