BOOKS RECEIVED: Leslie Topp, “Freedom and the Cage: Modern Architecture and Psychiatry in Central Europe, 1890-1914″ (Penn State UP, 2017) ” (Penn State UP
Spurred by ideals of individual liberty that took hold in the Western world in the late nineteenth century, psychiatrists and public officials sought to reinvent asylums as large-scale, totally designed institutions that offered a level of freedom and normality impossible… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Simone Abram and Gisa Weszkalnys, eds., “Elusive Promises: Planning in the Contemporary World” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Planning in contemporary democratic states is often understood as a range of activities, from housing to urban design, regional development to economic planning. This volume sees planning differently-as the negotiation of possibilities that time offers space. It explores what kind… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Niall Atkinson, “The Noisy Renaissance: Sound, Architecture, and Florentine Urban Life” (Penn State UP, 2016)
From the strictly regimented church bells to the freewheeling chatter of civic life, Renaissance Florence was a city built not just of stone but of sound as well. An evocative alternative to the dominant visual understanding of urban spaces, The… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Rob Sands, “Prehistoric Woodworking: The Analysis and Interpretation of Bronze and Iron Age Toolmakers” (Left Coast Press, 2009)
Rob Sands explores the evidence left by the use of axes on wooden beams and tools found in waterlogged archaeological sites dating over 2000 years old. A toolmark can not only inform the archaeologist about the implement used, but also… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Sharon R. Steadman, “Archaeology of Domestic Architecture and the Human Use of Space” (Left Coast Press, 2015)
This volume is the first text to focus specifically on the archaeology of domestic architecture. Covering major theoretical and methodological developments over recent decades in areas like social institutions, settlement types, gender, status, and power, this book addresses the developing… Read More
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