Topophilia and Topophobia: Reflections on Twentieth-Century Human Habitat by Xing RuanTopophilia and Topophobia: Reflections on Twentieth-Century Human Habitat by Xing Ruan

Topophilia and Topophobia: Reflections on Twentieth-Century Human Habitat

EditorXing Ruan, Paul Hogben

Paperback | January 11, 2008

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This book is about the love and hate relations that humans establish with their habitat, which have been coined by discerning modern thinkers astopophiliaandtopophobia. Whilst such affiliations with thetopos, our manmade as well as natural habitat, have been traced back to antiquity, a wide range of twentieth-century cases are studied here and reflected upon by dwelling on this framework. The book provides a timely reminder that the qualitative aspects of the topos, sensual as well as intellectual, should not be disregarded in the face of rapid technological development and the mass of building that has occurred since the turn of the millennium.

Topophilia and Topophobiaoffers speculative and historical reflections on the human habitat of the century that has just passed, authored by some of the world's leading scholars and architects, including Joseph Rykwert, Yi-Fu Tuan, Vittorio Gregotti and Jean-Louis Cohen. Human habitats, ranging broadly from the cities of the twentieth century, highbrow modern architecture both in Western countries and in Asia, to non-architect/planner designed vernacular settlements and landscapes are reviewed under the themes of topophilia and topophobia across the disciplines of architecture, landscape studies, philosophy, human geography and urban planning.

Xing Ruanis Professor of Architecture at the University of New South Wales and is the author ofAllegorical Architecture(2006) andNew China Architecture(2006). He has published on a wide range of topics concerning legible relations between humans and the built world in some of the world's leading scholarly journals, as well as professio...
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Title:Topophilia and Topophobia: Reflections on Twentieth-Century Human HabitatFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.5 inPublished:January 11, 2008Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415403243

ISBN - 13:9780415403245

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Table of Contents

Architectural Enclosure: A Prologue to Topophilia and TopophobiaXing Ruan and Paul Hogben  1. Topo-philia and -phobiaJoseph Rykwert  2. Time, Space, and Architecture: Some Philosophical MusingsYi-fu Tuan  3. Topophilia/Topophobia: The Role of the Environment in the Formation of IdentityNeil Leach  4. Heterotopias and Archipelagos: The Shape of Modern TopophobiaJean-Louis Cohen 5. Agreement and Decorum: Conversations within the Architecture of Louis KahnPeter Kohane  6. The Character of a Building: Paul Cret's Human Analogy, Louis Kahn and Yang TingbaoXing Ruan   7. Potential Places, Places of Potentiality: Levitation and Suspension in Modern Italian ArchitectureRoss Jenner  8. Transparency in the Contemporary Australian HouseHarry Margalit  9. The Voyage and the House: Bernard Rudofsky's Search for PlaceAlessandra Como  Chapter 10: Hot Springs, Geysers and Animated MatterSarah Treadwell 11. Not Another Waikiki? Mobilizing Topophilia and Topophobia in Coastal Resort AreasDaniel O'Hare 12. Economy and Affect: People-Place Relationships and the MetropolisPeter Murphy13. Epilogue: The Architectural Project as DialogueVittorio Gregotti