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Changing representations of nature and the city: the 1960s-1970s and their legacies, 
Gabriel Gee & Alison Vogelaar (eds)
Routledge, 2018

The turn of the 1960s-70s, characterized by the rapid acceleration of globalization, prompted a radical transformation in the perception of urban and natural environments. The urban revolution and related prospect of the total urbanisation of the planet, in concert with rapid population growth and resource exploitation, instigated a surge in environmental awareness and activism. One implication of this moment is a growing recognition of the integration and interconnection of natural and urban entities. The present collection is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the changing modes of representation of nature in the city beginning from the turn of the 1960s/70s. Bringing together a number of different disciplinary approaches, including architectural studies and aesthetics, heritage studies and economics, environmental science and communication, the collection reflects upon the changing perception of socio-natures in the context of increasing urban expansion and global interconnectedness as they are/were manifest in specific representations. Using cases studies from around the globe, the collection offers a historical and theoretical understanding of a paradigmatic shift whose material and symbolic legacies are still accompanying us in the early 21st century.


G.Gee & A. Vogelaar, “Global cities, global natures”;
PART 1 Forgotten Spaces; G. Gee, “Beyond Narcissus : The metamorphosis of port cities in the 20th century”, W. Tantinipankul, “Bangkok against its nature”; M.Stefano, “Growing up in a Steel Mill: a Conversation with Historian and Nature-lover Elmer J. Hall”; L. Gibbs, “Looking beyond the image of ‘the wasteland’: Newark, New Jersey”;
PART 2 Artificial Spaces; P. Perulli, “Passages: from artificial animal to planetary man”; G. Sergio, “L. Ghirri, the theatre of landscape”; Ayala Levin, “Naturally representative: the environmental planning of the new African capitals Abuja and Dodoma”; T. Narhinen & G. Gee, “Nature, plastic, artifice: in conversation with Tuula Närhinen”; 
Uriel Orlow, “grey, green, gold”.
PART 3 Interstitial Spaces;  Eliana Souso Santos, “Reyner Banham’s Desert Landscapes”; J. Zhang, “Nature in interstice: reflections on 1970s China and obscure poetry”; M.J. Matos, “The green corridor, a vision for Lisbon”, C. McFeely & G. Gee, “Weather, science & agency: in conversation with Conor McFeely”; B. Hale & A. Vogelaar, “The Postcolonial Garden City? Changing Representations of Nature in Christchurch, New Zealand.


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