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The architectural dimension

Datu, Kerwin (2013) The architectural dimension. In: Acuto, Michele and Steele, Wendy, (eds.) Global City Challenges: Debating a Concept, Improving the Practice. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK. ISBN 9781137286864

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When we think about the architecture of the global city, often we have in our mind’s eye a certain kind of rather spectacular imagery, which may entail crystalline skyscrapers, luxurious residential complexes, rich cultural buildings, or works of breathtaking avant-garde design. The discourses surrounding these kinds of architecture can be equally spectacular, studded with vocabulary like ‘starchitects’, ‘the Bilbao effect’ and the ‘icon’. But these images and concepts constitute a highly selective and vastly incomplete vision of the architecture of the global city, and can be misleading for those who commission and produce this architecture as much as for the researchers who study it. This raises two particular challenges, which this chapter seeks to address.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2014 16:37
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 00:19

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