Memories of Cities is a collection of essays that explore different ways of writing about the political and economic history of the built environment. Drawing upon fiction and non-fiction, and illustrated by original photographs, the essays employ a variety of narrative forms including memoirs, letters, and diary entries. They take the reader on a journey to cities such as Glasgow, Paris, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Marseille, laying bare the contradictions of capitalist architectural and urban development, whilst simultaneously revealing alternative visions of how buildings and cities might be produced and organised.
Jonathan Charley, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
Contents: Preface; The glimmer of other worlds: questions on alternative architectural practice; Violent stone: the city of dialectical justice - three tales from court; Paris: ghosts and visions of a revolutionary city; Letters from the front line of the building industry: 1918-1938; Foreign bodies: corps etranger; The (dis)integrating city: the Russian architectural and literary avant-garde; Sketches of war II: the graveyards of historical memory; The shadow of economic history II: the architecture of boom, slump and crisis; Scares and squares II: a literary journey into the architectural imaginary; Bibliography; Index.