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Travel, Space, Architecture (Design and the Built Environment) Hardcover – 15 Jun 2009

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (15 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754648273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754648277
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.5 x 24.8 cm
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'This is truly a remarkable anthology treating the relatively untapped theme of travel and architecture. In so doing it passes from 20th century versions of the aristocratic Grand Tour, as we find these in the journals of Eldem and Le Corbusier, to the altogether more timely anthropo-geographic reflections that comprise a wide range of subjects, from the birth of the panorama in the middle of the18th century and the analogous forms of the maritime city, to manifestations of travel and mobility in contemporary architectural practices. This radically new and critical overview assembled and carefully edited by Jilly Traganou and Miodrag Mitrasinovic provides a comprehensive way of analyzing the global trends and trajectories of contemporary architecture.' Kenneth Frampton, Columbia University, USA 'This wonderful collection explains and enacts the theoretical tensions between architecture as a discipline of emplacement and the displacement characteristic of the era of globalization. Reading architecture itself as a mobile field of disciplinary practices, the editors and the authors give us many vivid examples of the contradictions between movement and fixity in today's human geographies and the resulting tensions between architecture and its self-image. This book will be of great interest to planners, designers, anthropologists and geographers, as well as to students of architecture.' Arjun Appadurai, New York University, USA 'Travel, Space, Architecture is an inspiring collection of essays which introduces the reader to spatial intersections between architects, travellers, tourists, nomads and migrants; travelling minds and travelling bodies. The centrality of timely issues like perception, memory, identity, alterity and displacement in relation to space, challenges familiar architectural accounts based on built objects in bounded social contexts. This is a significant contribution to contemporary architectural discourse.' Gulsum Baydar, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey 'This is an excellent volume... It is handsomely produced and clearly organized, and would make a very useful contribution to a range of courses on how the built environment is shaped by globalization, cultural identity and transnationalism.' Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography


Cultural theorists have, over the past few decades, examined the role of travel in spatial definition, and have noted its significance in the constant exchange and interaction between cultures. Whilst travelling has also been the subject of architectural research, particularly concerning the work of internationalist architects of the early 20th Century, deeper issues of travel, such as mapping, displacement, foreigness and otherness, have been largely neglected in architectural theory. This book brings architectural thinking in line with the cultural theory debates and argues that, rather than architecture being 'rooted' to place as has traditionally been asserted, border crossing and cross-cultural encounters have always been a prevailing paradigm of the spatial conceptualisation, representation and production of space. It brings together case studies ranging from those between Japan and Europe in the period of early modernity, to central Europe and the Mediterranean within the framework of modern architecture, and to the USA and the European East in the cold-war era, unveiling (mis)readings and exchanges that are embedded in subsequent cultural productions.

It also addresses the influence of globalization on contemporary urban design and architecture, examining the impact of immigration on metropolitan environments and the spread of signature architectural practices throughout the world. In doing so, "Travel, Space, Architecture" promotes an original understanding of architecture as a practice concerned with a realm much broader than that of building, and of the influence of travel on designing and producing spatial conceptions and forms.

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