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Mutations Paperback – 15 Mar 2001

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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: ActarD Inc (15 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8495273519
  • ISBN-13: 978-8495273512
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 15.7 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 991,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The acceleration of the phenomenon of urbanization constitutes one of the challenges of our time. In a world redefined by communication networks and by the progressive erasure of borders lead by economic forces, "Mutations" reflects on the transformations that the acceleration of these processes inflicts on our environment, and on the space left for architecture to operate. Introduced by charts and statistics on global urbanization and a series of essays describing the nature of the changes operating in our cities and in our economies, the book is organized as a highly illustrated atlas/survey of contemporary urban landscapes. The Pearl River Delta in southeast Asia (by Rem Koolhaas and the Harvard Project on the City) exemplifies the extreme speed of urbanization of former rural areas and highlights the role played by traditional infrastructures in this process. Europe (Uncertain States of Europe, a project by Stefano Boeri and Multiplicity) would describe the end of traditional urban models, the reality of a new configuration of European cities and of the states that evolved from them.

A survey of American cities (by Sanford Kwinter and Daniela Fabricius) adds to this vision the reconsideration of the notion of infrastructure and of the powers that define urbanization. Lagos (a study by Rem Koolhaas and the Harvard Project on the City) is an unfamiliar territory that gives indications of new forms of globalizing modernity, and possibly of things to come elsewhere. This title is also available in French (ISBN 84-95273-53-5) and Spanish (84-95273-54-3).

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One of the most thought provoking architecture books I have ever read. The shiny plastic cover also makes it an interesting addition to my library shelf. Buy this book if you are interested in architecture/urbanism/architectural theory-you will not be disappointed...
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By A Customer on 11 Nov. 2001
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Very interesting pictures and thought provoking words! It's clear, concise and covers the whole world, mapping out the important changes of every major city. An extremely good read for all interested in urbanism.
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I ordered this book together with other stuffs and I received the package only after one month, from the estimated delivery date. It was not urgent so it did not matter, but I think it would have been unpleasant to receive something important, like a present or a text for school, so late. By the way Amazon is defenitely reliable for its quality of service, all the other times I received something in a really short time and the book was perfectly packed so it was n perfect conditions.
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HASH(0x9997fd20) out of 5 stars Difficult to Follow 8 Jan. 2003
By Laura C. O'Neal - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a required textbook for an urban planning class I took at college. I was very disappointed with the book overall. The photographs were very nice, but the text was utterly confusing, and difficult to follow. I consider myself to be a reasonably intelligent person, but I could not grasp most of what the authors were trying to say. The only parts of the book I enjoyed was the sections on the United States, which covered urban sprawl, gangs in cities, generic, look-alike architecture, etc. The rest of the book left much to be desired. The other students in my urban planning class agreed with my opinion of the book. Nobody seemed to get much use out of it except for the professor.
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9997ff6c) out of 5 stars Outstanding 3 May 2003
By Max Moya - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is to be considered a piece of historical evidence of the tendencies of thought of the new era. Whether you may find the concepts proposed not suitable, every prospective or practicing architect, designer or urban planner must be aware of the latest tendencies of thought in order to be the best-educated he/she can be.
The Pearl River Delta investigation is impecable. For the "reasonably intelligent person" that wrote a comment above, it is a shame that you overlooked the whole analysis on shopping, perhaps because you are so immersed in it in the USA that you cannot see the forest for the trees.
I agree that the language is dense and often martian-like. This is the case of the introductory essay "Telegram from nowhere". But read between the lines. Reading is re-reading said Joyce. You will find a very smart concept regarding the architecture built for the media.
This book is all about cities in different parts in the world. It helps a lot if you are a culturally aware person. If you have had contact with diverse forms of living and thinking, may I highly suggest you get hold of this book. If you are not, you may either feel that the text is just wobbling on things you cannot be empathic with, or you may be on your way to becoming a more educated human being. And do not think by any means that this is a meek and mild pro-globalization text. This book is just rasing questions and proposing concepts, like all masterpiece limit themselves to do.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x999821c8) out of 5 stars book art 31 July 2001
By mro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book creates an exciting panorama of our urban spaces. It is similar to the first book published by Zone Books, which also uses photos and essays. I think the book is best viewed as "book art". It repesents the urban experience as overwhelming in a somewhat distanced way. Keeping in mind that it focuses with an almost bleak view of cities and consumer culture(we don't see a lot of pictures of parks, clean streets, or "nice" things about cities), I still recommend it.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99982528) out of 5 stars nice book, far nicer object 29 Jan. 2004
By Alexander Bohn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
this book is packed with info. some of it is relatively hard to get at (your eyes are likely to glaze over at the reams of essays formatted in a narrow, sans-serif OCR-esque font) but the content and data is pretty good. it looks very nice in your bookshelf, but when hitting it up for a re-read, you may find yourself cursing the designers' decisions to go with form over function, IMHO.
HASH(0x99982744) out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 Oct. 2015
By Cristian Valdés - Published on Amazon.com
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Great Book!!!
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