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By Tino Mager

First rising before everything of the 20th century, architectural reconstruction has more and more turn into an software to visually revive a protracted bygone earlier. This publication bargains with the phenomenon of meticulous reconstruction in structure. It argues that the politics of reconstruction pass some distance past aesthetic issues. Taking structure as an immense resource of background and local id, the influence of large-scale reconstruction is deeply intertwined with political and social components. moreover, stories and institutions correlated with misplaced constructions of a bygone period are seriously encouraged via their re-appearance, whatever which frequently contradicts ancient occasions. Reconstruction has develop into a longtime approach of establishing and working with the earlier, but thus far, there's no accomplished medical research on it. by way of bringing jointly 8 case experiences from jap Europe, France, Spain, China, Japan, Israel and Brazil, it offers priceless insights into this subject. The chapters examine the political historical past of the reconstructions and determine the protagonists. In doing so, this quantity provides to our realizing of the impression of reconstruction to reminiscence and oblivion, in addition to the severe strength of reconstruction concerning modern structure and urbanism.

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2. Architecture – Political aspects. 3. Buildings – Repair and reconstruction. 4. Reproduction (Psychology) I. Mager, Tino, editor. 6 – dc23 2015014506 ISBN 9781472459336 (hbk) ISBN 9781472459343 (ebk-PDF) ISBN 9781472459350 (ebk-ePUB) Contents List of Figures Notes on Contributors Introduction: Selected Pasts, Designed Memories Tino Mager 1 Architecture Makes History: Reconstruction and Nation-building in East Central Europe Arnold Bartetzky 2 Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter: Architecture, Ideology and Politics Josep-Maria Garcia-Fuentes 3 Building Reconstructions and History Constructions in Hungary and Romania under Communist Rule Robert Born 4 Rebuilding the Jesuit Church and College: The Power of Toponymy, Representations and Catholic Advocacy in Nineteenth–Twentieth-Century São Paulo, Brazil Renato Cymbalista and João Carlos Santos Kuhn 5 The Issue of ‘Identical Reconstruction’ on French Heritage Sites: Architectural Cloning, Alternate History and Tourism Julien Bastoen 6 Refracted Copies of the Imperial City and the Great Audience Hall in East Asia Alice Y.

3 By focusing mainly but not exclusively on the meticulous replication of lost buildings, it also touches on the field of hypothetical reconstruction as well as the reconstruction of urban identities. Critically investigating the subject and posing inconvenient questions should not be understood as a polemic for or against reconstruction, but as an invitation to further profound examination of the phenomenon. Nine chapters by internationally recognized specialists analyse the scope and meaning of reconstruction.

DR TINO MAGER Art and Architectural Historian. Studies in Media Technology at Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK), graduate engineer. Studies in Art History and Communication Sciences at Berlin Institute of Technology, University of Barcelona (Spain) and Sophia University Tokyo (Japan), MA. PhD in art history at Berlin Institute of Technology. Dissertation on the notion of authenticity regarding historical architecture. Visiting Researcher at University of California, Los Angeles. Elsa-Neumann Fellow.

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