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Unveiling Urban Transformations in the Arabian Peninsula:  Dynamics of Global Flows, Multiple Modern

Guest Editors: Ashraf M. Salama and Florian Wiedmann

Special Issue of Open House International Journal 
Volume 38, Issue 4, December 2013

With their varied socio-physical, socio-economic, socio-cultural, and socio-political presence, cities are always been highly differentiated spaces expressive of heterogeneity, diversity of activities, entertainment, excitement, and pleasure. They have been (and still are) melting pots for the formulation of and experimentation with new philosophies and religious and social practices.  Cities produce, reproduce, represent, and convey much of what counts today as culture, knowledge, and politics. Evidently this statement manifests the significance of studying cities. While this edition addresses several cities on the Arabian Peninsula, emphasis is placed on key transformational aspects relevant to five important cities that include Doha, Abu-Dhabi, Riyadh, Kuwait, and Manama. 

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Mapping the Emergent Hybridities of Urbanism: New Spatial Praxis Types

Eugenia Fratzeskou

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2014 (ISBN-13: 978-3-8484-2698-0) is now available from and other major booksellers worldwide.

The present study investigates the new roles of the spatial praxis, as formed in the contemporary context of urbanism. The challenges and possibilities of re-orientating the spatial praxis are investigated in conjunction with the unresolved discords regarding the issue of (re)presentation that has dominated philosophy, cosmology, mathematics, cartography, software engineering, animation, network visualisation, art, architecture and numerous other fields. New ways of ‘designing’ the emergent hybrid spaces of urban interaction through mapping the untamed ‘waves’ of the datascape are discussed through the study of the changing urban condition and in particular, of the site as a field of interactive urban flows, the urban neo-nomads and their trajectories. Giving a physical form to those hybrid spaces, poses as an important possibility and challenge not only for contemporary architecture, but also, for the spatial praxis across a number of related fields including site-specific and media art, drawing, interaction design, urban and social studies, e-communication and many others

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The Architecture of Luxury

Annette Condello

Over the past century, luxury has been increasingly celebrated in the sense that it is no longer a privilege (or attitude) of the European elite or America's leisure class. It has become more ubiquitous and now, practically everyone can experience luxury, even luxury in architecture. Focusing on various contexts within Western Europe, Latin America and the United States, this book traces the myths and application of luxury within architecture, interiors and designed landscapes. Spanning from antiquity to the modern era, it sets out six historical categories of luxury - Sybaritic, Lucullan, architectural excess, rustic, neoEuropean and modern - and relates these to the built and unbuilt environment, taking different cultural contexts and historical periods into consideration. It studies some of the ethical questions raised by the nature of luxury in architecture and discusses whether architectural luxury is an unqualified benefit or something which should only be present within strict limits. The author argues how the ideas of permissible and impermissible luxury have informed architecture and how these notions of ethical approval have changed from one context to another. Providing voluptuous settings for the nobles and the leisure class, luxury took the form of not only grand palaces, but also follies, country and suburban houses, private or public entertainment venues and ornate skyscrapers with fast lifts. The Architecture of Luxury proposes that in Western societies the growth of the leisure classes and their desire for various settings for pleasure resulted in a constantly increasing level of 'luxury' sought within everyday architecture.


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Architecture and the Welfare State

Mark Swenarton, Tom Avermaete, Dirk van den Heuvel (Eds.)

In the decades following World War Two, and in part in response to the Cold War, governments across Western Europe set out ambitious programmes for social welfare and the redistribution of wealth that aimed to improve the everyday lives of their citizens. Many of these welfare state programmes - housing, schools, new towns, cultural and leisure centres – involved not just construction but a new approach to architectural design, in which the welfare objectives of these state-funded programmes were delineated and debated. The impact on architects and architectural design was profound and far-reaching, with welfare state projects moving centre-stage in architectural discourse not just in Europe but worldwide.

This is the first book to explore the architecture of the welfare state in Western Europe from an international perspective. With chapters covering Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden and the UK, the book explores the complex role played by architecture in the formation and development of the welfare state in both theory and practice.

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Architecture and Movement: the Dynamic Experience of Buildings and Landscapes

Peter Blundell Jones and Mark Meagher (Eds)

So often architecture is judged from a single image, and yet we all know that our homes and workplaces are not just facades, but sequences of rooms with purposes and associations. As we enter and leave they divide or unite us, and we register their significance as we move through, remembering it if only to find the way out. This is not just a matter of sight, but of movement of the body using all its other senses, and so we come to terms with buildings and whole cities. It remains important because we learn the world initially as bodies finding our way through physical space, and still we need to find ‘our place’ in the world. Yet movement in architecture is a curiously neglected subject, picked up by some architects as a significant experience, but more often treated as mere ‘circulation’. The increasing availability of artificial light and air conditioning over the past century has produced many hermetic and directionless environments, forcing us to put up with blind corridors and closed lifts that anaesthetise all sense of vertical progression, and we are obliged to navigate by signs and numbers rather than spatial memory. In the outside world, streets are planned for vehicles and efficient traffic flow, displacing pedestrians and forcing drivers to go north in order to go south, while by-passes and ring roads have destroyed the recognisable integrity of towns. The satnav arrived just in time to help us out of our confusion, but if it pinpoints our position more precisely than ever before, it provides no context, no sense of relationship with the landscape. The increasing influence of television, computer games, and digital projections has meanwhile fuelled a confusion between real and virtual space, despite the fact that we remain embodied, need to eat and drink and sleep, and still live essentially in the physical world. In a series of essays taking a wide range of viewpoints, Architecture and Movement addresses these issues, seeking to re-establish ‘on foot’ as the primary experience, and drawing attention to spatial memory as our main means of location. It includes statements by major architects about their intentions as well as pre-architectural cases of spaces devised for social rituals, and the discovery of found or accidental spaces. It also discusses the thorny problem of how physical space can be represented in order to be discussed.

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Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal will be an international, peer reviewed and inter-disciplinary journal in sound studies, providing a unique forum for the development of the subject within a range of disciplines such as ethno/musicology, history, sociology, media and cultural studies, film studies, anthropology, philosophy, urban studies, architecture, arts and performance studies. The journal will encourage the study and research of sound by publishing submissions that are interdisciplinary, theoretical, empirically rich and critical in nature. Situated at the cutting edge of sound studies, it will build on more than two decades of pioneering work in the history, theory, ethnography and cultural analysis of sound.

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