Historical versus Modern : Identity through Imitation?, Paperback / softback Book

Historical versus Modern : Identity through Imitation? Paperback / softback

Edited by Barbara Engel


Front cover imageHistorical versus Modern Identity through Imitation?Edited by Barbara EngelNot yet printed due - 06/189783868594980PaperbackJOVIS VerlagTerritory: World excluding Central & Southern Europe, selected Middle Eastern territories, Central Asia (excluding China), and Central and South AmericaSize: 240 mm x 170 mmPages: 220Illustrations: 200 colourRRP GBP29.00 Your price GBP23.20 Examines the architecture of today which draws on influences of the past, using examples from around the worldAll around the world, new city districts are being realised that draw on historical typologies and form languages.

In inner cities, new buildings in a historical style are increasingly replacing established existing buildings, in order to bring back long-lost historical ensembles or sought-after images.

The phenomenon of retro districts is complex, with different motivations, constellations of involved parties and forms of expression.

Apart from the reconstruction of lost buildings, historical structures are simply copied and placed in a completely new spatial and socio-cultural context. This publication examines the phenomenon of historicising construction, based on 14 international case studies, including the Dom-Roemer area in Frankfurt, the Elbing old town in Poland, Hallstatt in China, Poundbury in England, or the Old Town in Dubai.

It presents the developmental history and status quo of the projects, as well as the socio-political backgrounds and the debates sparked by the conflicting interests of those involved.

Renowned experts define key terminology in a glossary section, supplementing the book that has numerous plans and illustrations.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 220 pages, 200 colour
  • Publisher: JOVIS Verlag
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  • Category: Architecture
  • ISBN: 9783868594980



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