Framing Places: Mediating Power in Built Form

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Architecture - 218 pages
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Framing Places investigates how the built forms of architecture and urban design act as mediators of social practices of power. It is an account of how our lives are 'framed' within the clusters of rooms, buildings, streets and cities we inhabit. Kim Dovey contends that the nature of architecture and urban design, their silent framings of everyday life, lend them to practices of coercion, seduction and authorization. The book draws from a broad range of social theories and deploys three primary analyses of built form, namely the analysis of spatial structure, the interpretation of constructed meanings and the interpretation of lived experience. These approaches to programme text and place, are woven together through a series of narratives on specific cities (Berlin, Beijing and Canberra and Melbourne) and building types (this corporate tower, shopping mall and domestic house).
 

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Contents

Power
9
FORMS OF POWER OVER
10
MEDIATING POWER OVER
15
Program
17
SPATIAL ANALYSIS
20
Text
29
DECONSTRUCTION
30
THE MEANING MARKET
34
Tall storeys
107
DISTINCTION
108
PLACE
112
PROMENADE
114
PROSPECTREFUGE
115
CREATIVE DESTRUCTION
118
Inverted city
123
SYNTACTIC INVERSION
125

TASTE AND SYMBOLIC CAPITAL
35
Place
39
DWELLING
41
IDEOLOGY
45
LOCALGLOBAL
47
ACTION AND REPRESENTATION
50
Centres of Power
53
Take your breath away
55
COMMUNITY ARCHITECTURE
57
BLOOD AND SOIL
58
SLIPPERY SURFACES
59
GERMANIA
61
BUNKER AND WALL
64
STYLES OF TYRANNY
67
Hidden power
71
FORBIDDEN SPACE
72
LIBERATED SPACE
79
FORBIDDEN SPACE II
82
Traces of democracy
87
LOBBYING
89
A HOUSE DIVIDED
93
HOUSE AS HILL
97
CHOIR BOYS II
102
Global Types
105
SEMANTIC INVERSION
130
PSEUDOCOMMUNITY
132
RESISTANCE
135
Domestic dreaming
139
GENOTYPE
141
STATUS AND AUTHENTICITY
146
SANCTUARY
150
Localities
155
On the move
157
GLOBALLOCAL
158
CROWN AND STATE
161
ON THE MOVE
164
SALUTING THE NEW ORDER
166
Rust and irony
171
Afterword
181
Liberty and complicity
183
AUTHORIZING MADNESS
184
DECONSTRUCTING LAW
186
INCISING MEMORIES
188
CONSTRUCTING LAW
190
Notes
195
References
200
Index
213
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Dovey is at the University of Melbourne.

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