The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon some of the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, the book examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections. Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book organizes itself around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory. A methodical, authoritative and comprehensive addition to the literature, the Handbook is suitable for academics, researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban geography, cultural studies, sociology and geography.
Chapter 37: The Contemporary European Urban Project: Archipelago City, Diffuse City and Reverse City
The Contemporary European Urban Project: Archipelago City, Diffuse City and Reverse City
In their introductory chapter to this section, McGrath and Shane have defended the idea that the European metropolis persists in capturing the imagination of both global architects and citizens. However, European urbanism1 has focused in the most recent years on the prevailing interpretation of space in terms of the juxtaposition of fragments. At times a place for articulating differences, personal and individual rhythms, at others simply the inherited, residual, terrain vague, or again a separate and protected enclave, the fragment has represented the concrete condition of contemporary design action, whether in the old metropolis or in the new territories of dispersion. This ...