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Framing Places

Framing Places

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Framing Places
 
Framing Places
investigates how the built forms of architecture and urban designact 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 that we inhabit.Kim Dovey contends that the nature of architecture and urban design, theirsilent framings of everyday life, lend them to practices of coercion and seduction,thus legitimizing authority and control over civilian populations.The book draws from a broad range of social theories and deploys three primaryanalyses of built form, namely the analysis of spatial structure, the interpretationof constructed meanings and the interpretation of lived experience. Theseapproaches, to program, text and place, are woven together through a series of narratives on specific places and types of built environment, such as Berlin, Beijingand Canberra.
Kim Dovey
is Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at theUniversity of Melbourne. He has published and broadcast widely on issues of meaning, place and ideology in architecture and urban design. 
 
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