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Spectacular Mexico: Design, Propaganda, and the 1968 Olympics - A Quadrant Book (Hardback)
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Spectacular Mexico: Design, Propaganda, and the 1968 Olympics - A Quadrant Book (Hardback)

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Hardback 344 Pages / Published: 01/11/2014
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In the wake of its early twentieth-century civil wars, Mexico strove to present itself to the world as unified and prosperous. The preparation in Mexico City for the 1968 Summer Olympics was arguably the most ambitious of a sequence of design projects that aimed to signal Mexico\u2019s arrival in the developed world. In Spectacular Mexico, Luis M. Casta\u00f1eda demonstrates how these projects were used to create a spectacle of social harmony and ultimately to guide the nation\u2019s capital into becoming the powerful megacity we know today. Not only the first Latin American country to host the Olympics, but also the first Spanish-speaking country, Mexico\u2019s architectural transformation was put on international display. From traveling exhibitions of indigenous archaeological artifacts to the construction of the Mexico City subway, Spectacular Mexico details how these key projects placed the nation on the stage of global capitalism and revamped its status as a modernized country. Surveying works of major architects such as F\u00e9lix Candela, Pedro Ram\u00edrez V\u00e1zquez, Ricardo Legorreta, and graphic designer Lance Wyman, Casta\u00f1eda illustrates the use of architecture and design as instruments of propaganda and nation branding. Forming a kind of \u201cimage economy,\u201d Mexico\u2019s architectural projects and artifacts were at the heart of the nation\u2019s economic growth and cultivated a new mass audience at an international level. Through an examination of one of the most important cosmopolitan moments in Mexico\u2019s history, Spectacular Mexico positions architecture as central to the negotiation of social, economic, and political relations.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816690763
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 862 g
Dimensions: 229 x 178 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Castaneda makes an essential contribution by articulating the role that architecture and design, in all its variants, had in the expression, exertion of control, and propaganda of the midcentury Mexican state."-CHOICE

"Spectacular Mexico does a wonderful job at describing the complex history of the design and events leading tot he 1968 Olympic Games."-Journal of Design History

"Spectacular Mexico is unparalleled in its capacity to educate and enlighten the design and planning professions about the importance of symbolism in the built environment, and about the capacity of architects, planners, and urban designers to construct meaningful narratives and build monumental projects with long-lasting impacts on cities and nations."-Planning Perspectives

"Spectacular Mexico is a work of noteworthy rigour, bound by way of the academic traditions of critical historiographic analysis, which ultimately offers a thoroughly detailed gaze into the historic fabric of mid-twentieth-century Mexico. "-Journal of Architecture

"In accessible and well-written prose, this is a complex and rich text that adds to the body of knowledge by positioning the multiple significances of modern architecture, design, and art within political culture and the state building and glorification of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional. "-Hispanic American Historical Review

"A marvelous contribution to Mexico City's historiography. "-H-Net/H-War

"Luis M. Castaneda fills an important gap by. . . extending the list of architects and buildings much further than the traditional survey book. . . a rigorous analysis of the politics behind the design and construction of structures that helped define twentieth-century Mexico."-Mexican Studies

"Luis M. Castaneda quotes from numerous official memoranda highlighting the intricate connections between government officials and developers, and he writes in an eloquent, theoretically informed style that will make these materials accessible to scholars and students of architecture and urban studies who are not necessarily experts on Mexico or Latin America."-Latin American Studies Association

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