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Embodied Utopias

Gender, Social Change and the Modern Metropolis

Edited by Amy Bingaman, Lise Sanders, Rebecca Zorach

Routledge – 2001 – 336 pages

Series: Architext

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Description

Utopia has become a dirty word in recent scholarship on modernism, architecture, urban planning and gender studies. Many utopian designs now appear impractical, manifesting an arrogant disregard for the lived experiences of the ordinary inhabitants who make daily use of global public and private spaces. The essays in Embodied Utopias argue that the gendered body is the crux of the hopes and disappointments of modern urban and suburban utopias of the Americas, Europe and Asia. They reassess utopian projects - masculinist, feminist, colonialist, progressive - of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; they survey the dystopian landscapes of the present; and they gesture at the potential for an embodied approach to the urban future, to the changing spaces of cities and virtual landscapes.

Reviews

'Stimulating … breaks new ground in trying to draw together themes of space, gender and utopia.' - Ruth Levitas, Urban Studies, 2003

Contents

Section 1. Introduction. Section 2. Civilization/Degeneration: Desire and Repulsion in the Modern City. Section 3. At Home in Public. Section 4. Esprit de Corps and Esprit Decor: Domesticity, Community and Creative Autonomy in the Building of Female Public Identity. Section 5. Embodying Urban Design. Section 6. Haunting the City. Section 7. The Time of Architecture. Index.

Name: Embodied Utopias: Gender, Social Change and the Modern Metropolis (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: Edited by Amy Bingaman, Lise Sanders, Rebecca Zorach. Utopia has become a dirty word in recent scholarship on modernism, architecture, urban planning and gender studies. Many utopian designs now appear impractical, manifesting an arrogant disregard for the lived experiences of the ordinary inhabitants who...
Categories: Theory of Architecture, Urban Geography, Gender, Urban Sociology - Urban Studies, Planning History, Gender & Development, Architecture