El próximo jueves tendremos en la ETSAM a Sonja Dümpelmann, profesora del departamento de arquitectura del paisaje de la GSD de Harvard, presentando su último libro Flights of Imagination: Aviation, Landscape, Design, publicado recientemente por University of Virginia Press. La charla se enmarca en el ciclo de conferencias asociadas al Máster en Planeamiento Urbano y Territorial del DUyOT.
Ahí va un resumen del libro que servirá de base al evento:
In much the same way that views of the earth from the Apollo missions in the late 1960s and early 1970s led indirectly to the inauguration of Earth Day and the modern environmental movement, the dawn of aviation ushered in a radically new way for architects, landscape designers, urban planners, geographers, and archaeologists to look at cities and landscapes. As icons of modernity, airports facilitated the development of a global economy during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, reshaping the way people thought about the world around them. Professionals of the built environment awoke to the possibilities offered by the airports themselves as sites of design and by the electrifying new aerial perspective on landscape. In Flights of Imagination, Sonja Dümpelmann follows the evolution of airports from their conceptualization as landscapes and cities to modern-day plans to turn decommissioned airports into public urban parks. The author discusses landscape design and planning activities that were motivated, legitimized, and facilitated by the aerial view. She also shows how viewing the earth from above redirected attention to bodily experience on the ground and illustrates how design professionals understood the aerial view as simultaneously abstract and experiential, detailed and contextual, harmful and essential. Along the way, Dümpelmann traces this multiple dialectic from the 1920s to the land-camouflage activities during World War II, and from the environmental and landscape planning initiatives of the 1960s through today.
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The website of Birkhäuser includes some early information about Urbanism and Dictatorship. A European Challenge, a forthcoming book in which I have participated. This is the volume n. 153 of the long-lasting and celebrated series Bauwelt Fundamente, which has recently embraced English language for some of its catalog. Urbanism and Dictatorhip is a monograph on the history of totalitarian urbanism edited by Max Welch Guerra, Harald Bodenschatz and Piero Sassi, including contributions and case studies by colleagues from Germany, Italy, Russia, Portugal and Spain. The book is a great opportunity to delve into an interesting and alternative genealogy of the connection of urban space and power in the twentieth century, offering illustrations of the common practices, intricacies and singularities of dictatorial urbanisms. The monograph is mainly composed of case studies focusing on particular policies or projects from the aforementioned countries, but it also includes theoretical pieces by Bodenschatz, Welch Guerra and myself.
My contribution —a general outlook from the perspective of urban studies— focuses on some common features of totalitarian urbanisms: the emphasis on calculation and the expanded, territorial extent of spatial strategies; the preeminence of disciplinary governmentalities and social engineering; and the attempt to ‘totalize’ social life by plastic means and built forms. The piece establishes links between dictatorial spatial rationalities and those from other historical contexts, suggesting that totalitarian urbanisms worked as the excess of a particular orientation of modern spatial governmentalities. It was an interesting opportunity to address some of the experiences I knew in Germany, Italy, Spain and the USSR using the lens of conceptual elaborations by authors such as Foucault, Stuart Elden or Jacques Rancière.
Publicado en Dictatorships and Urbanism, Espacio y política, Political urbanism, Space and politics
Etiquetado Bauwelt Fundamente, Harald Bodenschatz, Jacques Rancière, Max Welch Guerra, Michel Foucault, Piero Sassi, Stuart Elden, Urbanism and dictatorship