Travel, Space, Architecture defines a new theoretical territory in architectural and urban scholarship that frames the processes of spatial production through the notion of travel. By aligning architectural thinking with current critical theory debates, this book explores whether dissociating culture from place and identity, and detaching the idea of architecture from both, can reframe our understanding of spatial and architectural practices. The book presents seventeen key case studies from a diverse range of perspectives including historical, theoretical, and praxis-based, and range from interrogations of architectural travel and notions of belonging and nationhood to challenging established geopolitical hierarchies.
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Contents: Foreword, Jilly Traganou; For a theory of travel in architecture studies, Jilly Traganou; Introduction to Travel, Space, Architecture, Jilly Traganou. Part 1 New Vision and a New World Order: Great travel machines of sight, Andreas Luescher; O coraÃ§Ã£o verde (a green heart): travel, urban gardens and design of late colonial cities in the Southern Hemisphere, Diane Brand; Nomads and migrants: a comparative reading of Le Corbusier's and Sedad Eldem's travel diaries, Esra Akcan; Travel-writing the modern Japanese design industry, 1910-1925, Sarah Teasley; Learning from Rome, Smilja Milanovic-Bertram. Part 2 Questioning Origins, Searching for Alternatives: The Mediterranean hill town; a travel paradigm, Hermann Schlimme; Roots or routes? Exploring a new paradigm for architectural historiography through the work of Geoffrey Bawa, Katharine Bartsch; The American travels of European architects; 1958-1973, Caroline Maniaque; Mobile architects, static ideas: Santiago Calatrava in Athens, Jilly Traganou; Evolving tourist topographies: the case of Hue, Vietnam, Kelly Shannon. Part 3.1 Transnational Architectural Practices: Spatialities of suitcase architects, Ken Tadashi Oshima; Mobility and immobility in the new architecture practice; a conversation with Hiromi Hosoya and Markus Schaefer, Jilly Traganou; Itinerant perspectives: a conversation with David Adjaye, Jilly Traganou. Part 3.2 Mobile Groups, Urban Re-Mappings: Asian-Indian diasporic networks and sacred sites in the Bay area of California, Reena Mehta; Athens, city of the displaced: notes from the field, Eleni Tzirtzilaki; Emerging immigrant clusters in downtown Athens: 2002-2004, Sofia Vyzoviti; Index
'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 MitraÅ¡inovic 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