Stangely Familiar: Narratives of Architecture in the City

Stangely Familiar: Narratives of Architecture in the City


Edited by Iain Borden, Edited by Etc.

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 213mm x 272mm x 8mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 1 March 1996
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415144183
  • ISBN 13: 9780415144186
  • Illustrations note: 16 pages plates
  • Sales rank: 1,641,212

Product description

This text explores the vitality and complexity of cities and architecture, presenting intriguingly unexpected perspectives on life in cities world-wide. The essays range from shopping in London to squatting in Amsterdam, spatial cleansing in New York to police surveillance in Glasgow, bohemian Berlin cafes to Naples street markets, downtown Sao Paulo to suburban Manchester, Berthold Lubetkin to Jules Dessein, skateboarding in Los Angeles to speeding on the Westway, the Venice "metro" to prostitution and hat shops, and the suffragettes to working women of colour. Inventive writing combined with a high degree of illustration and graphic design create a text which is both stimulating and accessible.

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Editorial reviews

Exploring the energy and diversity of individual cities and their architecture, each essay highlights cultural and spacial interaction, revealing how architecture and urban space play on the lives of city dwellers. The skateboarding subculture, with its own language, clothes and group identity, grew in the 1970s from what children perceived to be a concrete playground. From Times Square in New York to downtown Sao Paulo, and from London to Amsterdam, here is the city influencing its inhabitants. (Kirkus UK)