The Resource City halls and civic materialism : towards a global history of urban public space, edited by Swati Chattopadhyay and Jeremy White

City halls and civic materialism : towards a global history of urban public space, edited by Swati Chattopadhyay and Jeremy White

Label
City halls and civic materialism : towards a global history of urban public space
Title
City halls and civic materialism
Title remainder
towards a global history of urban public space
Statement of responsibility
edited by Swati Chattopadhyay and Jeremy White
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The town hall or city hall as a place of local governance is historically related to the founding of cities in medieval Europe. As the space of representative civic authority it aimed to set the terms of public space and engagement with the citizenry. In subsequent centuries, as the idea and built form travelled beyond Europe to become an established institution across the globe, the parameters of civic representation changed and the town hall was forced to negotiate new notions of urbanism and public space. City Halls and Civic Materialism explores the town hall in its many global historical incarnations as bases to probe these changing ideas of urban public space. The essays in this volume provide an analysis of the architecture, iconography, and spatial relations that constitute the town hall and explore its historical ability to accommodate the "public" in different political and social contexts, in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Americas. The relation between citizens and civic authority has had to be revisited with the universal franchise, under fascism, after the devastation of the world wars, decolonization, and most recently, with the neo-liberal restructuring of cities. As a global phenomenon, the town hall challenges the idea that nationalism, imperialism, democracy, the idea of citizenship - concepts that frame the relation between the individual and the body politic - travel the globe in modular forms, or in predictable trajectories from West to East, North to South"--
  • "The town hall or city hall as a place of local governance is historically related to the founding of cities in medieval Europe. As the space of representative civic authority it aimed to set the terms of public space and engagement with the citizenry. In subsequent centuries, as the idea and built form travelled beyond Europe to become an established institution across the globe, the parameters of civic representation changed and the town hall was forced to negotiate new notions of urbanism and public space. City Halls and Civic Materialism: Towards a Global History of Urban Public Space utilizes the town hall in its global historical incarnations as bases to probe these changing ideas of urban public space. The essays in this volume provide an analysis of the architecture, iconography, and spatial relations that constitute the town hall to explore its historical ability to accommodate the "public" in different political and social contexts, in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Americas, as the relation between citizens and civic authority had to be revisited with the universal franchise, under fascism, after the devastation of the world wars, decolonization, and most recently, with the neo-liberal restructuring of cities. As a global phenomenon, the town hall challenges the idea that nationalism, imperialism, democracy, the idea of citizenship - concepts that frame the relation between the individual and the body politic -- travel the globe in modular forms, or in predictable trajectories from the West to East, North to South. Collectively the essays argue that if the town hall has historically been connected with the articulation of bourgeois civil society, then the town hall as a global spatial type -- architectural space, urban monument, and space of governance -- holds a mirror to the promise and limits of civil society."--
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Cataloging source
IDEBK
Dewey number
725/.13
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
NA4430
LC item number
.C58 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
The architext series
Label
City halls and civic materialism : towards a global history of urban public space, edited by Swati Chattopadhyay and Jeremy White
Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Contents note continued: 10. Politics, Planning, and Subjection: Anticolonial Nationalism and Public Space in Colonial Calcutta / Swati Chattopadhyay -- 11. Transformation of Public Space in Fascist Italy / Lucy Maulsby -- 12. Moving Beyond Colonialism: Town Halls and Sub-Saharan Africa's Postcolonial Capitals / Garth Andrew Myers -- 13. Jakarta's City Hall: A Political History / Abidin Kusno -- 14. Seoul Spectacle: The City Hall, the Plaza and the Public / Hong Kal -- Epilogue -- 15. Public Space and Public Action: A Note on the Present / Jeremy White
  • Machine generated contents note: 1. City Halls: Civic Representation and Public Space / Jeremy White -- Civic identity -- 2."A Laudable Pride in the Whole Of Us": City Halls and Civic Materialism / Mary P. Ryan -- 3. Civic or National Pride?: The City Hall as a Communal "Hotel" in Scandinavian Capital Cities / Laura Kolbe -- 4. Rebuilding City Halls in Postwar Germany: Architectural Form and Identity / Jeffry M. Diefendorf -- 5. The Old Town Hall in Prague: An Unresolved Architectural Challenge / Hana Svatosova -- Engaging the public -- 6. Town Halls in Australia: Sites of Conflict and Consensus / Jenny Gregory -- 7. Courting the Council: The Municipal Palace and the Popular Petition in Morelia, Mexico, 1880-1930 / Christina M. Jimenez -- 8. The Bombay Town Hall: Engaging the Function and Quality of Public Space, 1811-1918 / Preeti Chopra -- 9. Los Angeles City Hall: Space, Form, and Gesture / Jeremy White -- Re-forming public space
Control code
ocn874100184
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed
Extent
1 online resource
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781306505468
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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not applicable
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.b29985717
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remote
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  • (OCoLC)874100184
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