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ARCHITECTURE AND SPACE RE-IMAGINED: LEARNING FROM THE DIFFERENCE, MULTIPLICITY AND OTHERNESS OF DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE. Richard Bower. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, 2016. Copyright 2017. Routledge Research in Place, Space and Politics. 260 pp. 24 x 17 cm. LC 2016-4399 ISBN 9781138934146 In English.
Publisher's description: As with so many facets of contemporary western life, architecture and space are often experienced and understood as a commodity or product. The premise of this book is to offer alternatives to the practices and values of such westernized space and Architecture (with a capital A), by exploring the participatory and grass-roots practices used in alternative development models in the Global South. This process re-conceptualizes the spaces, values, and relationships produced by such alternative methods of development and social agency. It asks whether such spatial practices provide concrete realizations of some key concepts of Western spatial theory, questioning whether we might challenge the space and architectures of capitalist development by learning from the places and practices of others. Exploring these themes offers a critical examination of alternative development practices methods in the Global South, re-contextualizing them as architectural engagements with socio-political space. The comparison of such interdisciplinary contexts and discourses reveals the political, social, and economic resonances inherent between these previously unconnected spatial protagonists.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-2000 — Architecture
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 172376
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