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Utopia's GhostArchitecture and Postmodernism, Again$
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Reinhold Martin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669622

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669622.001.0001

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From the Inside, Out

(p.1) 1 Territory
Utopia's Ghost

Reinhold Martin

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses how the institutionalization of postmodernism in architecture results in new epistemic limitations on its territory. The term territory refers to thought concerning the city and its territories. The chapter then provides architectural discourse regarding the eclipse of modernism. It states that reterritorialization or regrounding of architectural thought since 1966 is not its verifiability in practice, but its status as a mode of production in its own right. It emphasizes the need for an interpretive model that is capable of explaining the interplay between discursive constructions, urban imaginaries, and new politico-economic configurations. Such a model must move along two distinct but related axes which are explained in the chapter.

Keywords:   postmodernism, territory, modernism, discursive constructions, urban imaginaries, politico-economic

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