Memory in Architecture and Landscape
Edited by Marc Treib
Routledge – 2009 – 272 pages
Architecture and designed landscapes serve as grand mnemonic devices that record and transmit vital aspects of culture and history. Spatial Recall casts a broad net over the concept of memory and gives a variety of perspectives from twelve internationally noted scholars, practicing designers, and artists such as Juhani Pallasmaa, Adriaan Geuze, Susan Schwartzenberg, Georges Descombes and Esther da Costa Meyer.
Essays range from broad topics of message and audience to specific ones of landscape production. Beautifully illustrated, Spatial Recall is a comprehensive view of memory in the built environment, how we have read it in the past, and how we can create it in the future.
Yes, Now I Remember: An Introduction Marc Treib Part 1: Body 1. Space, Place, Memory, and Imagination: The Temporal Dimension of Existential Space Juhani Pallasmaa 2. Re-Creating the Past: Notes on the Neurology of Memory Susan Schwartzenberg 3. The Place of Memory Donlyn Lyndon 4. Indelible Marker, Palimpsest, Thin Air Alice Aycock Part 2: Landscapes 5. Rivers, Meanders, and Memory Matt Kondolf 6. Displacements: Canals, Rivers, and Flows Georges Descombes 7. Land, Cows and Pyramids Adriaan Geuze 8. The Mediterranean Cemetery: Landscape as Collective Memory Luigi Latini Part 3: Buildings 9. The Place of Place in Memory Esther da Costa Meyer 10. Remembering Ruins, Ruins Remembering Marc Treib 11. The Memory Industry and Its Discontents: The Death and Life of a Keyword Andrew Shanken 12. Mnemonic Value and Historic Preservation Jorge Otero-Pailos
Marc Treib, Professor of Architecture Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, is a historian and critic of landscape and architecture who has published widely on modern and historical subjects in the United States, Japan and Scandinavia.