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Title Governing by design : architecture, economy, and politics in the twentieth century / Aggregate ; contributors, Daniel Abramson, Lucia Allais, Arindam Dutta, John Harwood, Timothy Hyde, Pamela Karimi, Jonathan Massey, Ijlal Muzaffar, Michael Osman, Meredith Tenhoor.
Published Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2012]
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 Floor3  NA2543.S6 A395 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description xv, 282 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Content Type text
Format volume
Series Culture, politics, and the built environment
Culture, politics, and the built environment.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preserved assets / Michael Osman -- Risk and regulation in the financial architecture of American houses / Jonathan Massey -- Boston's west end: urban obsolescence in mid-twentieth-century America / Daniel M. Abramson -- The interface: ergonomics and the aesthetics of survival / John Harwood -- 'Mejores ciudades, ciudadanos mejores': law and architecture in the Cuban republic / Timothy Hyde -- Dwelling, dispute, and the space of modern Iran / Pamela Karimi -- Boundary games: ecochard, doxiadis, and the refugee housing projects under military rule in Pakistan, 1953-1959 / M. Ijlal Muzaffar -- The design of the Nubian desert: monuments, mobility, and the space of global culture / Lucia Allais -- Decree, design, exhibit, consume: making modern markets in France, 1953-1979 / Meredith TenHoor -- Marginality and metaengineering: Keynes and Arup / Arindam Dutta.
Summary "Governing by Design offers a unique perspective on twentieth-century architectural history. It disputes the primacy placed on individuals in the design and planning process and instead looks to the larger influences of politics, culture, economics, and globalization to uncover the roots of how our built environment evolves.In these chapters, historians offer their analysis on design as a vehicle for power and as a mediator of social currents. Power is defined through a variety of forms: modernization, obsolescence, technology, capital, ergonomics, biopolitics, and others. The chapters explore the diffusion of power through the establishment of norms and networks that frame human conduct, action, identity, and design. They follow design as it functions through the body, in the home, and at the state and international level.Overall, Aggregate views the intersection of architecture with the human need for what Foucault termed "governmentality"--societal rules, structures, repetition, and protocols--as a way to provide security and tame risk. Here, the conjunction of power and the power of design reinforces governmentality and infuses a sense of social permanence despite the exceedingly fluid nature of societies and the disintegration of cultural memory in the modern era"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Architecture and society -- History -- 20th century.
Design -- Social aspects -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 0822961784 (acid-free paper : pbk.)
9780822961789 (acid-free paper : pbk.)
OCLC number 761852949