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Where are the utopian visionaries? : architecture of social exchange, edited by Hansy Better Barraza

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Where are the utopian visionaries? : architecture of social exchange
Title
Where are the utopian visionaries?
Title remainder
architecture of social exchange
Statement of responsibility
edited by Hansy Better Barraza
Title variation
Architecture of social exchange
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Language
eng
Summary
In this radical book, architects, historians, and theorists survey the inventive, low cost work being done in obscure places to make architecture into a force for sustainable growth and social justice. The efforts are Utopian not charitable in aim. This new breed of architect-activists is endeavoring to diversity if not reinvent their profession by engaging in an "exchange" of ideas, techniques, and visions of right living with people almost always relegated to silence and invisibility. The book opens with theoretical essays, each specially commissioned, from a stellar cast. Michael Sorkin assesses "the site of the social" in architecture; David Gersten draws on John Hejduk's legacy to consider architecture's role as "a gatekeeper" between the world "out there" and everyday life; historian Jonathan Massey proposes "five ways to change the world"; with Chris Marker's films as a springboard, Mabel O. Wilson recounts her search for traces of Valentino Deng's ravaged village in South Sudan. Subsequent essays form a field guide to "exchange" projects from Harlem to Port-au-Prince to Serekunda and Indore, a few still unbuilt, all virtually unknown to students of architecture. Jae Cha, Peter Clegg, Simón Vélez, and famed modernist Balkrishna Doshi demonstrate the benefits of easily found and/or scavenged materials, including bamboo. Money is saved; no gas-guzzling, earth-leveling machines are needed; residents rely on their own building skills and their (not the architect's) notions of home and community. In other, also generously illustrated essays, Milton S. F. Curry, Hansy Better Barraza, Jennifer Lee, and Pablo Castro present varied alternatives to ghettoizing large groups in bleak housing complexes and urban "deserts." The book ends with an epilogue in which Alberto Pérez-Gómez shows that expression of the "poetic imagination" is as important as pragmatic concerns in the pursuit of social justice in architecture
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BTCTA
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plans
Index
index present
LC call number
NA2540
LC item number
.W44 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Where are the utopian visionaries? : architecture of social exchange, edited by Hansy Better Barraza
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Where are the utopian visionaries? : architecture of social exchange, edited by Hansy Better Barraza
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"Harlem, Guanajuato, Mexico City, Port-Au-Prince, Marcovia, Filadelfia, Indore, Marial Bai, Uganda, Serekunda, Urubo, Malawi, Pretoria."
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction: the vocative case / Hansy Better Barraza -- Prologue: life/form / Michael Sorkin -- Heart rate, interest rate: architecture's representation of social life / David Gersten -- Five ways to change the world / Jonathan Massey -- Urban space: productions of race / Milton S.F. Curry -- Not the opposite of forgetting: collective memory and global architecture / Mabel O. Wilson -- Community building in Indore, India / Balkrishna Doshi -- Architettura povera / Pablo Castro & Jennifer Lee -- Centers of light / Jae Cha -- Environmental exchange: design for the developing world / Peter Clegg -- Campus of hope / Hansy Better Barraza -- Bamboo building: on the relation of sustainablity and participative architecture / Mateo Kries -- An interview with Simón Vélez / Hansy Better Barraza -- Epilogue: the beauty of justice / Alberto Pérez-Gómez
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Dimensions
21 cm.
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Edition
1st ed.
Extent
159 p.
Isbn
9781934772799
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), plans
System control number
(OCoLC)294884932

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