Category: Architecture as Experience Radical change in spatial practice

Memories of the French Revolution in the Place de la Concorde

The parade had a short life, but nonetheless (according to polls carried out later that year) it was the most memorable event of the bicentennial. It was also shocking to many. The national anthem was sung by Jessye Norman, a black American-born opera singer. That night, France was no longer repre­sented by the traditional blonde […]

From prison to luxury hotel: the story of an ironic conversion

Istanbul began to emerge from Ankara’s shadow as the country’s prime city in the 1950s. The urban development that accommodated the city’s phenom­enal industrial and financial expansion took place mostly outside the historic peninsula, which was densely packed with old neighbourhoods and landmarks. Meanwhile, even though it was home to Turkey’s most prominent cultural heritage […]

An urban analysis extended

In positing a ‘socio-spatial dialectic’ the urbanist David Harvey and others have sought a rapprochement between sociologists’ analyses of urban space and geographers’. Nevertheless, Harvey is careful to avoid defining the relationship between social processes and spatial form as uni-directional in causal terms.43 It may be instructive, therefore, to perform a chiastic inversion of his […]