Happy: Cities and Public Happiness in Post-war Europe

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Cor Wagenaar
NAi Publishers, 2004 - Architecture - 512 pages
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"Happy: Cities and Public Happiness in Post-War Europe" is the result of a fascinating search for expressions and representations of happiness in the European city during the second half of the twentieth century. Images of joy in which there is a relationship between three elements--happiness, the city and space--are collated and analyzed. Drawing extensively from Europe as a whole, from the Ukraine in the east to the Netherlands in the west, Rovanieimi in the north to Marbella in the south, this study by experts on more than 50 cities was coordinated by an international research team, and presents a picture that transcends the incidental and reveals fundamental motifs in the dynamics of our thinking about the city. "Happy" presents an abundance of postcards, posters and photographs, and is a seminal exploration of the entire European territory using the theme of happiness. This stunning, unique overview of 50 years of post-War European history relating to one of the world's most universal themes leaves readers informed, pensive, entertained, and above all, happy.

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Contents

Preface
9
Eliminating the Traces of the
26
Kiev May 1200232
32
Build44
44
SocialistRealist Palaces for the Common
50
Warschau March 182000
64
Science Technology and the International Style
76
Posters from Hungary
83
Utrecht May 11 2000
268
Moscow 2000 a Metropolis on the Verge of a New Era Jorn Duwel
282
Rise and Fall of the Counter Cultural Commune
292
The Free State of Orange Koos Bosma
300
Copenhagen May 7 2003
310
Stollwerck316
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Carimate April 22 2004330
330
The City as a Catalyst of Revolution
338

Kaunas September 102000
90
Star Happiness Bogdan Tscherkes
99
Expo 58 Pieter Uyttenhove 105
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Rotterdam Ahoy Evelien van Es 112
112
The New Community
118
Berlin Zoologischer Garten January 6 2004 128
128
The Rational City150
150
Cumbernauld April 2002 163
163
Rome July 20 2001176
176
Dunaujvaros Sztalinvlros March 14 2004 182
182
Hoogvliet February 9 2004 188
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Ljubljana October 24 2000
207
A Car for Everyone
218
The Italian Autogrill Filippo de Pieri Paolo Scrivano
224
Biscuter Mobile Happiness for the Masses Helma Hellinga
234
Consumerism
246
Dresden April 17 2000
255
Madrid August 15 2001
348
The Reburial of Imre Nagy and the End of the Socialist Empire Henriett Szabo
355
Festivals
362
Monuments
372
Cori August 8 2000
383
Memorial Sites Koos Bosma
391
Paris August 311997
403
Beach Cities
410
La Grande Motte Venuss Hill Pieter Uyttenhove
416
Artek August 5 2001
426
Reinventing the European City?
446
The Revitalization of Historical Bologna Filippo de Pieri Paolo Scrivano
452
Tenerife November 14 2002
460
the Reconstruction of the Castle District
470
A Secular Marriage Palace Jorn Duwel
476
Almere June 4 2003
486
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