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What is the role of monumentality, verticality and centrality in the twenty-first century? Are palaces, skyscrapers and grand urban ensembles obsolete relics of twentieth-century modernity, inexorably giving way to a more humble and sustainable de-centred urban age? Or do the aesthetics and politics of pomp and grandiosity rather linger and even prosper in the cities of today and tomorrow? Re-Centring the City zooms in on these questions, taking as its point of departure the experience of Eurasian socialist cities, where twentieth-century high modernity arguably saw its most radical and furthest-reaching realisation. It frames the experience of global high modernity (and its unravelling) through the eyes of the socialist city, rather than the other way around: instead of explaining Warsaw or Moscow through the prism of Paris or New York, it refracts London, Mexico City and Chennai through the lens of Kyiv, Simferopol and the former Polish shtetls. This transdisciplinary volume re-centres the experiences of the ‘Global East’, and thereby our understanding of world urbanism, by shedding light on some of the still-extant (and often disavowed) forms of ‘zombie’ centrality, hierarchy and violence that pervade and shape our contemporary urban experience.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title
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  1. Series
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. List of figures
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  1. List of contributors
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  1. Preface
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Introduction: Notes towards a political morphology of undead urban forms
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  1. Part I: Moscow, point of departure
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  1. 1 Centre and periphery: a personal journey
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  1. 2 Fortress City: the hegemony of the Moscow Kremlin and the consequences and challenges of developing a modern city around a medieval walled fortress
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  1. 3 Appropriating Stalinist heritage: state rhetoric and urban transformation in the repurposing of VDNKh
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  1. 4 The city without a centre: disurbanism and communism revisited
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  1. 5 Mutant centralities: Moscow architecture in the post-Soviet era
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  1. Part II: Off-centre: palatial peripheries
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  1. 6 Berlin’s empty centre: a double take
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  1. 7 Phantom palaces: Prussian centralities and Humboldtian spectres
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  1. 8 Palatial socialism, or (still-)socialist centrality in Warsaw
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  1. Part III: Looking inward: re-centring the sacred
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  1. 9 The Architecture of the Seventh Day: building the sacred in socialist Poland
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  1. 10 Post-shtetl: spectral transformations and architectural challenges in the periphery’s bloodstream
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  1. 11 Eat, pray, shop! The mosque as centrum in the Swedish suburbs
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  1. Part IV: Looking upward: power verticals
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  1. 12 Verticality and centrality: the politics of contemporary skyscrapers
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  1. 13 Partitioning earth and sky: vertical urbanism in post-socialist Mumbai
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  1. 14 Vertical horizons: the shadow of The Shard
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  1. Part V: Looking outward: hinterlands, diffusions, explosions
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  1. 15 New geographies of hinterland
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  1. 16 De-escalating the centre: urban futures and special economic zones beyond poststructuralism’s neoliberal imaginations
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  1. 17 Explosion, response, aftermath
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  1. Part VI: Things fall: (after)lives of monumentality
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  1. 18 Domestic monumentality: scales of relationship in the modern city
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  1. 19 On an alleged thought of inflicting harm on a Lenin statue
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  1. 20 We’re losing him! On monuments to Lenin, and the cult of demolition in present-day Ukraine
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  1. Index
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  1. Architecture and Fire
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781787354111
Related ISBN
9781787354128
MARC Record
OCLC
1147290547
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-14
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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