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Constitutional Modernism: Architecture and Civil Society in Cuba, 1933-1959

Constitutional Modernism: Architecture and Civil Society in Cuba, 1933-1959 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Hyde, Timothy

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How does architecture make its appearance in civil society? Constitutional Modernism pursues this challenging question by exploring architecture, planning, and law as cultural forces. Analyzing the complex entanglements between these disciplines in the Cuban Republic, Timothy Hyd...e reveals how architects joined with other professionals and intellectuals in efforts to establish a stable civil society, from the promulgation of a new Cuban Constitution in 1940 up until the Cuban Revolution.By arguing that constitutionalism was elaborated through architectural principles and practices as well as legal ones, Hyde offers a new view of architectural modernism as a political and social instrument. He contends that constitutionalism produced a decisive confluence of law and architecture, a means for planning the future of Cuba. The importance of architecture in this process is laid bare by Hyde's thorough scrutiny of a variety of textual, graphical, and physical artifacts. He examines constitutional articles, exhibitions, interviews, master plans, monuments, and other primary materials as acts of design.Read from the perspective of architectural history, Constitutional Modernism demonstrates how the modernist concepts that developed as an international discourse before the Second World War evolved through interactions with other disciplines into a civil urbanism in Cuba. And read from the perspective of Cuban history, the book explains how not only material products such as buildings and monuments but also the immaterial methods of architecture as a cultural practice produced ideas that had consequential effects on the political circumstances of the nation.
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ISBN 9780816678112
Released NZ 1 Jan 2013
Publisher University of Minnesota Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780816678112
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher University of Minnesota Press
Imprint University of Minnesota Press
Released 1 Jan 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Hyde, Timothy
Category History of Art
American History
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 178mm
Height: 254mm
Spine: 51mm
Dewey Code 972.91063;720.103
Weight 794g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress HISTORY / Latin America / General, ARCHITECTURE / History / General, Modern movement (Architecture) - Cuba, Architecture and society - Cuba - History - 20th century, City planning - Cuba - History - 20th century
NBS Text Architecture
ONIX Text General/trade