Architecture RePerformed: The Politics of Reconstruction

Architecture RePerformed: The Politics of Reconstruction

by Ashgate Publishing Ltd

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First emerging at the beginning of the twentieth century, architectural reconstruction has increasingly become an instrument to visually revive a long bygone past. This book deals with the phenomenon of meticulous reconstruction in architecture. It argues that the politics of reconstruction go far beyond aesthetic considerations. Taking architecture as a major source of history and regional identity, the impact of large-scale reconstruction is deeply intertwined with political and social factors. Furthermore, memories and associations correlated with lost buildings of a bygone era are heavily influenced by their re-appearance, something which often contradicts historical events. Reconstruction has become an established way of building and dealing with the past, yet so far, there is no comprehensive scientific study on it.

By bringing together eight case studies from Eastern Europe, France, Spain, China, Japan, Israel and Brazil, it provides valuable insights into this topic. The chapters analyse the political background of the reconstructions and identify the protagonists. In doing so, this volume adds to our understanding of the impact of reconstruction to memory and oblivion, as well as the critical power of reconstruction regarding contemporary architecture and urbanism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472459350
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 10/28/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Tino Mager is an art- and architectural historian based in Berlin, Germany. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the notion of authenticity as well as on questions of memory regarding architectural heritage. Over the last few years he taught at Universities in Berlin and Istanbul and published various articles on transnational artistic education, 20th century architects and traditional Japanese architecture.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: selected pasts, designed memories, Tino Mager; Architecture makes history: reconstruction and nation-building in East Central Europe, Arnold Bartetzky; Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter: architecture, ideology and politics, Josep-Maria Garcia-Fuentes; Building reconstructions and history constructions in Hungary and Romania under communist rule, Robert Born; Rebuilding the Jesuit Church and College: the power of toponymy, representations and Catholic advocacy in nineteenth-twentieth-century São Paulo, Brazil, Renato Cymbalista and João Carlos Santos Kuhn; The issue of 'identical reconstruction' on French heritage sites: architectural cloning, alternate history and tourism, Julien Bastoen; Refracted copies of the Imperial City and the Great Audience Hall in East Asia, Alice Y. Tseng; From historical monument to new ‘urban spectacle’: case study on the Great BaoEn Pagoda reconstruction project in Nanjing, China, Jing Zhuge; Architecture, reconstruction, memory: the image of Tel Aviv's White City, Alexandra Klei; Index.

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