Architecture and the Canadian Fabric (Hardback)Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe (editor)
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Architecture plays a powerful role in nation building. Buildings and monuments not only constitute the built fabric of society, they reflect the intersection of culture, politics, economics, and aesthetics in distinct social settings and distinct times. From first contact to the postmodern city, this anthology traces the interaction between culture and politics as reflected in Canadian architecture and the infrastructure of ordinary life. Whether focusing on the construction of Parliament or exploring the ideas of Marshall McLuhan and Arthur Erickson, these highly original essays move beyond considerations of authorship and style to address cultural politics and insights from race and gender studies and from postcolonial and spatial theory.
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Number of pages: 536
Weight: 960 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
The essays greatly advance the field of architectural history in Canada. Given the breadth on display, Canadian architects and historians surely will find items of interest and pertinence to their practice.-- David Monteyne, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary * Canadian Architect, April 2013 *
According to the editor's conclusion, this study should "reinforce attention to Canadian architectural patrimony and demonstrate its significance for the international discourse and practice of design". This work does succeed in doing so and also adds significantly to the body of literature on Canadian architecture. It is well researched and thoroughly documented. The analytical principles guiding the publication could be applied to other works, including further studies by this group of authors, covering more aspects of the architectural heritage of Canada. -- Barbara Opar, Architecture Librarian, Syracuse University Library * Art Libraries Society of North America *
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