♥ Book Title : Invisible Cities
☯ Full Synopsis : "“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” — from Invisible Cities In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo — Mongol emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts his host with stories of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. As Marco Polo unspools his tales, the emperor detects these fantastic places are more than they appear. “Invisible Cities changed the way we read and what is possible in the balance between poetry and prose . . . The book I would choose as pillow and plate, alone on a desert island.” — Jeanette Winterson"Article| Italo Calvino| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Plato's Invisible Cities
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book offers an original and detailed reading of Plato's Republic, one of the most influential philosophical works in the emergence of Western philosophy. The author discusses the Republic in terms of discursive events and political acts. Plato's act is placed in the context of a politico-discursive crisis in Athens at the end of the fifth and the beginning of the fourth century B.C that gave rise to the dialogue's primary question, that of justice. The originality of Dr. Ophir lies in the way he reconstructs the Republic's different spatial settings - utopian, mythical, dramatic and discursive - using them as the main thread of his interpretation. Against the background of Plato's critique of the organisation of civic-space in the Greek polis, the author relates the spatial settings in the Plato text to each other. This provides a basis for a re-examination of the relationship between philosophy and politics, which Plato's work advocates, and which it actually enacted."Article| Adi Ophir| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Invisible Cities
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Invisible Cities: A Metaphorical Complex Adaptive System" provides a novel means of contextualizing existing knowledge within an interdisciplinary framework, and demonstrates how art and science inform each other."Article| Chloé E. Atreya| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Kinshasa
☯ Full Synopsis : "Reading African cities into contemporary theory—reprint of a richly illustrated reference work In their internationally acclaimed publication Kinshasa: Tales of the Invisible City, anthropologist Filip De Boeck and photographer Marie-Françoise Plissart provide a history not only of the physical and visible urban reality that Kinshasa presents today, but also of a second, invisible city as it exists in the mind and imagination of its inhabitants. They bring to light a mirroring reality lurking underneath the surface of the visible world and explore the constant transactions that take place between these two levels in Kinshasa’s urban scape. With the exhibition that accompanied the release of their Kinshasa book, the authors won a Golden Lion at the 11th International Architecture Bienniale in Venice, 2004. This beautifully illustrated publication is now again made available. Based on longstanding field research, it provides insight into local social and cultural imaginaries, and thus in the imaginative ways in which local urban subjects continue to make sense of their worlds and invent cultural strategies to cope with the breakdown of urban infrastructure."Article| Filip De Boeck, Marie-Françoise Plissart| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Imaginary Cities
☯ Full Synopsis : "How can we understand the infinite variety of cities? Darran Anderson seems to exhaust all possibilities in this work of creative nonfiction. Drawing inspiration from Marco Polo and Italo Calvino, Anderson shows that we have much to learn about ourselves by looking not only at the cities we have built, but also at the cities we have imagined. Anderson draws on literature (Gustav Meyrink, Franz Kafka, Jaroslav Hasek, and James Joyce), but he also looks at architectural writings and works by the likes of Bruno Taut and Walter Gropius, Medieval travel memoirs from the Middle East, mid-twentieth-century comic books, Star Trek, mythical lands such as Cockaigne, and the works of Claude Debussy. Anderson sees the visionary architecture dreamed up by architects, artists, philosophers, writers, and citizens as wedded to the egalitarian sense that cities are for everyone. He proves that we must not be locked into the structures that exclude ordinary citizens--that cities evolve and that we can have input. As he says: "If a city can be imagined into being, it can be re-imagined as well.""Article| Darran Anderson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Ideal City
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♥ Book Title : Off the Map
☯ Full Synopsis : "'A fizzingly entertaining and enlightening book' Daily Telegraph 'Mesmerising' Geographical Magazine 'A fascinating delve into uncharted, forgotten lost places. But it's not just a trivia-tastic anthology of remote destinations but a nifty piece of psycho-geography, explaining our human need for these cartographical conundrums.' Wanderlust In a world of Google Earth, in which it is easy to believe that every discovery has been made and every adventure already had, Off the Map is a stunning testament to how mysterious our planet still is. From forgotten enclaves to floating islands, from hidden villages to New York gutter spaces, Off the Map charts the hidden corners of our planet. And while these are not necessarily places you would choose to visit on holiday - Hobyo, the pirate capital of Somalia, or Zheleznogorsk, a secret military town in Russia - they each carry a story about the strangeness of place and our need for a geography that understands our hunger for the fantastic and the unexpected. But it also shows us that topophilia, the love of place, is a fundamental part of what it is to be human. Whether you are an urban explorer or an armchair traveller, Off the Map will inspire and enchant. You'll never look at a map in quite the same way again."Article| Alastair Bonnett| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Invisible City
☯ Full Synopsis : "A legendary figure in the realms of public policy and academia, John Gilderbloom is one of the foremost urban-planning researchers of our time, producing groundbreaking studies on housing markets, design, location, regulation, financing, and community building. Now, in Invisible City, he turns his eye to fundamental questions regarding housing for the elderly, the disabled, and the poor. Why is it that some locales can offer affordable, accessible, and attractive housing, while the large majority of cities fail to do so? Invisible City calls for a brave new housing paradigm that makes the needs of marginalized populations visible to policy makers. Drawing on fascinating case studies in Houston, Louisville, and New Orleans, and analyzing census information as well as policy reports, Gilderbloom offers a comprehensive, engaging, and optimistic theory of how housing can be remade with a progressive vision. While many contemporary urban scholars have failed to capture the dynamics of what is happening in our cities, Gilderbloom presents a new vision of shelter as a force that shapes all residents."Article| John I. Gilderbloom| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Visualizing Invisible Cities
☯ Full Synopsis : "My thesis investigates how content in stories arouses and translates into different forms including writing, photography, installation, and lighting design. Visualizing Invisible Cities is inspired by Italo Calvino’s novel Invisible Cities. The development follows performance design process including text analysis, deep research, and translation of ideas from written text to visual language. The project development occurs in a three-step process, including a quotation project, a photography project, and an installation project, over a period of two years. The quotation project, #invisiblecities #italocalvino #mandarin #quote, started from reading both English and traditional Chinese translations of the book in order to approach the content and to observe how ideas are realized in different translations. The project extracted 12 quotes from Invisible Cities to see the content in another way and to find my own perspective of the work. The photography project, Visualizing Invisible Cities - Taipei, translated the thematic idea of duality from the book format into photography format. The project of 12 photos captures ephemeral scenes combining sight and reflection in Taipei. The installation project, my thesis presentation, attempts to transform inspirations from Invisible Cities’ writing method and Italo Calvino’s philosophy of literature by exploring reflectivity and materiality in a designed installation space."Article| Yi-Tai Chung| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Angst
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♥ Book Title : Invisible Cities
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♥ Book Title : Stephen Nova
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| Stephen Nova| Statement ..."