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The Spiv and the ArchitectUnruly Life in Postwar London$
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Richard Hornsey

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816653140

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816653140.001.0001

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Reconstructing Everyday Life in the Atomic Age

Reconstructing Everyday Life in the Atomic Age

(p.39) chapter 1 Reconstructing Everyday Life in the Atomic Age
The Spiv and the Architect

Richard Hornsey

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the logics around space, time, movement, and repetition that highlighted the reconstruction vision of Britain’s postwar metropolis. It analyzes the figure of the solitary atom, which functions as a map and model for explaining how certain structures of center, periphery, trajectory, and recurrence secured the stability of the basic material world. In exploring the atom and its informative centrality, an ideological device that is coherent with the established projections of London’s postwar planners is revealed. The chapter concludes with an analysis of basic spatial logics that functions as a mechanism for dealing with the traumatic experience of life under bombardment.

Keywords:   Britain, postwar metropolis, atom, material world, London, postwar planners, traumatic experience

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