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Description - Landscapes of Development by Panyiota Pyla

This book examines the impact of development policies and politics on the physical environment of the Eastern Mediterranean, a region defined here not as a rigid geographical area but as a larger cultural context. Since the end of World War II, the drive toward development has featured dreams of progress and emancipation intertwined with processes of reconstruction, decolonization, and nation-building, as well as transnational agendas for socioeconomic restructuring (capitalist or otherwise) and larger post-war/Cold War power politics. In physical terms, the drive toward development has been responsible for the rapid growth of metropolitan centres, the radical restructuring of rural landscapes, and the proliferation of dams, irrigation systems, and other infrastructures.Nine essays examine formal manifestations of development, placing the spotlight on urban and rural schemes, housing projects, and agro-landscapes and dams from Israel to Turkey, and from Greece to Syria. These contributions are all grounded in new scholarly research, employing a variety of critical tools to situate built works within the larger socio-political context that influenced their design and implementation, and to reflect on their social, cultural, and environmental impact.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780977122448
ISBN-10: 0977122441
Format: Paperback
(241mm x 191mm x mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Harvard Graduate School of Design
Publisher: Harvard Graduate School of Design
Publish Date: 2-Aug-2013
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Panyiota Pyla

Panayiota Pyla is Assistant Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.