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Mediterranean Crossroads: Marseille and Modern Architecture (Hardback)
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Mediterranean Crossroads: Marseille and Modern Architecture (Hardback)

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Hardback 376 Pages / Published: 12/04/2011
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In the first decades of the twentieth century, Marseille was a booming Mediterranean port. Positioned at the very edge of France, the city functioned as a critical fulcrum between the metropolitan center and its overseas empire. A notoriously dangerous and cosmopolitan city, Marseille became the focus of the extraordinary energies of some of the most remarkable architects and theorists of urban modernity.Drawing together a cast of both world-renowned and less familiar architects, photographers, and cultural theorists, including Le Corbusier, Sigfried Giedion, Walter Benjamin, and L\u00e1szl\u00f3 Moholy-Nagy, Mediterranean Crossroads examines how mythic ideas about Marseille helped to shape its urban landscape. Tracing successive planning proposals in tandem with shifting representations of the city in photographs, film, guidebooks, and postcards, Sheila Crane reconstructs the history and politics of architecture in Marseille from the 1920s through the years of rebuilding after World War II.By exploring how architects and planners negotiated highly localized pressures, evolving imperial visions, and transnational aspirations at the borders of Europe and the Mediterranean region, Mediterranean Crossroads brings to life a lost chapter in the history of modern architecture.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816653614
Number of pages: 376
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 28 mm


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"In Mediterranean Crossroads, Sheila Crane offers a freshly inventive form of narrative about modern architecture and planning, one that reveals the intertwining of regional and national politics, imperialist/colonialist imaginaries, and popular images of the city." -Nancy Stieber, author of Housing Design and Society in Amsterdam: Reconfiguring Urban Order and Identity, 1900-1920


"Sheila Crane's book masterfully weaves together episodes that have put Marseille in the center of a series of extraordinary developments for 20th century art, architecture and urban design. Mediterranean Crossroads unweaves a tangled web of representations, policies, and designs, that were to this day excised from the main narrative of modern architectural history." -Jean-Louis Cohen, Institute of Fine Art/New York University

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