Places made after their stories: design and the art of choreotopography

Carter, P 2015, Places made after their stories: design and the art of choreotopography, University of Western Australia Press, Perth, Australia.


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Title Places made after their stories: design and the art of choreotopography
Author(s) Carter, P
Year 2015
Publisher University of Western Australia Press
Place of publication Perth, Australia
Subjects Architectural Design
Summary How is emotional meaning found in places? How can creating new urban spaces be a vehicle for less adversarial forms of political coexistence, as well as new customs of social innovation? Places Made After Their Stories shows how the emotional geographies we carry inside us and the ecstatic desire at the heart of democratic community-making can come together to inform contemporary landscape and urban design. Using Australian case studies of public space design from Alice Springs to Perth and Melbourne, in which author Paul Carter forged for himself the novel role of designer/dramaturg, he describes a new approach to place-making in which topography and choreography fuse. He counters the symbolic neglect of functionalist design with a brilliant account of poetic and graphic techniques developed to materialize ambience. Bringing together and further transforming insights from such earlier publications, such as Material Thinking (2004) and Meeting Place (2013), Carter describes a practice of sense-making and form-making that embodies fundamental gestures of welcome, arrangement, and exchange in the built setting. This is a book of characteristic eloquence, generously gathering philosophical and poetic evidence to illuminate a new way of place-making. It will be a practical guide for artists wanting to work in the public realm and a key reference for planning authorities, governments, and communities keen to reconnect place making to human creativity and affect. *** Librarians: ebook available on ProQuest and EBSCO (Series: UWAP Scholarly) [Subject: Urban Planning, Public Art, Architectural Design, Cultural Theory]
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ISBN 9781742587608
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