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Architext


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Architectural discourse has traditionally represented buildings as art objects or technical objects. Yet buildings are also social objects in that they are invested with social meaning and shape social relations. Recognizing these assumptions, the Architext series aims to bring together recent debates in social and cultural theory and the study and practice of architecture and urban design. Critical, comparative and interdisciplinary, the books in the series, by theorizing architecture, bring the space of the built environment centrally into the social sciences and humanities, as well as bringing the theoretical insights of the latter into the discourses of architecture and urban design. Particular attention is paid to issues of gender, race, sexuality and the body, to questions of identity and place, to the cultural politics of representation and language, and to the global and postcolonial contexts in which these are addressed.

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Architecture on the Borderline: Boundary Politics and Built Space

Architecture on the Borderline: Boundary Politics and Built Space

1st Edition

Anoma Pieris
July 09, 2019

Architecture on the Borderline interrogates space and territory in a turbulent present where nation-state borders are porous to a few but impermeable to many. It asks how these uneven and conflicted social realities are embodied in the physical and material conditions imagined, produced or...

Neocolonialism and Built Heritage: Echoes of Empire in Africa, Asia, and Europe

Neocolonialism and Built Heritage: Echoes of Empire in Africa, Asia, and Europe

1st Edition

Daniel E. Coslett
July 09, 2019

Architectural relics of nineteenth and twentieth-century colonialism dot cityscapes throughout our globalizing world, just as built traces of colonialism remain embedded within the urban fabric of many European capitals. Neocolonialism and Built Heritage addresses the sustained presence and...

The Socialist Life of Modern Architecture: Bucharest, 1949-1964

The Socialist Life of Modern Architecture: Bucharest, 1949-1964

1st Edition

Juliana Maxim
November 29, 2018

The Socialist Life of Modern Architecture is the first systematic architectural history of Romania under socialism written in English. It examines the mechanisms through which modern architecture was invested with political meaning and, in reverse, how specific architectural solutions came to...

Urban Latin America: Images, Words, Flows and the Built Environment

Urban Latin America: Images, Words, Flows and the Built Environment

1st Edition

Bianca Freire-Medeiros, Julia O'Donnell
May 24, 2018

Urban Latin America explores the relationship between images, words and the built environment using an engaging variety of methods and sources, with a timely emphasis on comparative studies. The book brings together scholars with various disciplinary backgrounds and theoretical affiliations who...

New Islamist Architecture and Urbanism: Negotiating Nation and Islam through Built Environment in Turkey

New Islamist Architecture and Urbanism: Negotiating Nation and Islam through Built Environment in Turkey

1st Edition

Bülent Batuman
January 04, 2018

New Islamist Architecture and Urbanism claims that, in today’s world, a research agenda concerning the relation between Islam and space has to consider the role of Islamism rather than Islam in shaping – and in return being shaped by – the built environment. The book tackles this task through an...

The Optimum Imperative: Czech Architecture for the Socialist Lifestyle, 1938–1968

The Optimum Imperative: Czech Architecture for the Socialist Lifestyle, 1938–1968

1st Edition

Ana Miljacki
February 02, 2017

The Optimum Imperative examines architecture’s multiple entanglements within the problematics of Socialist lifestyle in postwar Czechoslovakia. Situated in the period loosely bracketed by the signing of the Munich accords in 1938, which affected Czechoslovakia’s entrance into World War II, and...

A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture: Colonial Networks, Nature and Technoscience

A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture: Colonial Networks, Nature and Technoscience

1st Edition

Jiat-Hwee Chang
April 21, 2016

A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture traces the origins of tropical architecture to nineteenth century British colonial architectural knowledge and practices. It uncovers how systematic knowledge and practices on building and environmental technologies in the tropics were linked to military...

Writing the Global City: Globalisation, Postcolonialism and the Urban

Writing the Global City: Globalisation, Postcolonialism and the Urban

1st Edition

Anthony D King
April 21, 2016

Over the last three decades, our understanding of the city worldwide has been revolutionized by three innovative theoretical concepts – globalisation, postcolonialism and a radically contested notion of modernity. The idea and even the reality of the city has been extended out of the state and...

Ethno-Architecture and the Politics of Migration

Ethno-Architecture and the Politics of Migration

1st Edition

Mirjana Lozanovska
December 14, 2015

Ethno-Architecture and the Politics of Migration explores the interface between migration and architecture. Cities have been substantially affected by transnational migration but the physical manifestations of migration in architecture – and its effect on streetscape, neighbourhood and city – have...

City Halls and Civic Materialism: Towards a Global History of Urban Public Space

City Halls and Civic Materialism: Towards a Global History of Urban Public Space

1st Edition

Swati Chattopadhyay, Jeremy White
March 10, 2014

The town hall or city hall as a place of local governance is historically related to the founding of cities in medieval Europe. As the space of representative civic authority it aimed to set the terms of public space and engagement with the citizenry. In subsequent centuries, as the idea and built...

Building the State: Architecture, Politics, and State Formation in Postwar Central Europe

Building the State: Architecture, Politics, and State Formation in Postwar Central Europe

1st Edition

Virag Molnar
March 25, 2013

The built environment of former socialist countries is often deemed uniform and drab, an apt reflection of a repressive regime. Building the State peeks behind the grey façade to reveal a colourful struggle over competing meanings of the nation, Europe, modernity and the past in a divided continent...

Stadium Worlds: Football, Space and the Built Environment

Stadium Worlds: Football, Space and the Built Environment

1st Edition

Sybille Frank, Silke Steets
June 18, 2010

Analyzing football as a cultural practice, this book investigates the connection between the sport and its built environment. Four thematic sections bring together an international multi-disciplinary range of perspectives with particular focus on the stadium. Examples from architectural design,...

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