Cities Full of Symbols

A Theory of Urban Space and Culture

Edited by Peter J. M. Nas

Edited by Peter J. M. Nas

Distributed for Leiden University Press

304 pages | 91 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2011
Paper $52.50 ISBN: 9789087281250 Published April 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

From Jakarta to Leiden, from Buenos Aires to New York, architecture provides much more than shelter—it provides considerable cultural, political, and philosophical meaning as well. With Cities Full of Symbols,Peter J. M. Nas brings together internationally renowned sociologists, social geographers, and historians to debate the role of architectural symbols in the urban landscape. Looking specifically at 9/11 memorial designs, the design of the city of Cape Town as a remnant of Dutch colonialism, and the image of the ship washed ashore by a tsunami in Banda Aceh, this volume will be of interest to scholars of architecture, urban design, and policymaking.

1. Introduction
      Peter J. M. Nas, Marlies de Groot and Michelle Schut
2. Emotion in the Symbolic Spectrum of Colombo, Sri Lanka
      Michelle Schut, Peter J. M. Nas and Siri T. Hettige
3. Squares, Water and Historic Buildings: The Transforming Power of City Marketing on Urban Symbolism in Ghent, Belgium
      Rose-Anne Vermeer
4. Urban Symbolism in Yogyakarta: In Search of the Lost Symbol
      Pierpaolo De Giosa
5. The Changing Image of Gdańsk, Poland: From Regained Homeland to Multicultural City
      Barbara Bossak-Herbst
6. Obelisk and Axis: Urban Symbolism of Buenos Aires
      Lars Bakker
7. A Touch of Tragedy: Pre-and Post-Tsunami Symbolism in Banda Aceh, Indonesia
      Rob van Leeuwen
8. Imagining Modernity: Memory, Space and Symbolism of The Hague
      Jialing Luo
9. Urban Symbolism and the New Urbanism of Indonesia
      Hans-Dieter Evers
10. Kudus and Blitar: A Tale of Two Javanese Iconic Cities
      Pierpaolo De Giosa
11. Jakarta through Poetry
      Esrih Bakker and Katie Saentaweesook
12. History in Bronze: Competing Memories and Symbolic Representation in Albuquerque, New Mexico
      Eveline Dürr
13. The Resilient City: New York after 9/11 and the New WTC Designs
      Georgina Kay
14. Conclusion: Feeling at Home in the City and the Codification of Urban Symbolism Research
      Peter J. M. Nas and Pierpaolo De Giosa

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