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The Dead City: Urban Ruins and the Spectacle of Decay

The Dead City: Urban Ruins and the Spectacle of Decay
Paul Dobraszczyk

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The Dead City unearths meanings from such depictions of ruination and decay, looking at representations of both thriving cities and ones which are struggling, abandoned or simply in transition. It reveals that ruination presents a complex opportunity to envision new futures for a city, whether that is by rewriting its past or throwing off old assumptions and proposing radical change. Seen in a certain light, for example, urban ruin and decay are a challenge to capitalist narratives of unbounded progress. They can equally imply that power structures thought to be deeply ingrained are temporary, contingent and even fragile. Examining ruins in Chernobyl, Detroit, London, Manchester and Varosha, this book demonstrates that how we discuss and depict urban decline is intimately connected to the histories, economic forces, power structures and communities of a given city, as well as to conflicting visions for its future.

Author Info

Paul Dobraszczyk is a visiting lecturer at the Bartlett School of

Architecture in London. His research focuses on visual culture

and the built environment from the nineteenth century onwards,

and he is author of Iron, Ornament and Architecture in Victorian

Britain (2014) and London's Sewers (2014), as well as co-editor

of Global Undergrounds: Exploring Cities Within (2016) and

Function and Fantasy: Iron Architecture in the Long Nineteenth

Century (2016).

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: International Library of Visual Culture

ISBN: 9781784537166
Publication Date: 22 Jun 2017
Number of Pages: 272
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 84 black & white integrated images and 16 pages of colour plates

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