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Art, Space and the City - Malcolm Miles

Art, Space and the City

Paperback Published: 4th September 1997
ISBN: 9780415139434
Number Of Pages: 276

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Because public art suffers from falling between the realms of art and urban planning, it has been neglected in debates both on contemporary art and the future of cities. "Art, Space and the City" focuses on two roles for art: as decoration within revisioned urban design and as a social process of criticism.
Malcolm Miles applies a range of critical perspectives which have emerged from art criticism, urban design, urban sociology, geography and critical theory--to examine the practice of art for urban public spaces, and asks the artworld how it might contribute to the urban future. Drawing on a wealth of images and examples, including New York, Seattle, London and Tokyo, the author questions the effectiveness of public art in achieving more convivial urban environments, while retaining the idea that imagining the urban future is as much part of a democratic society as using public space.
Exploring the diversity of the roles of professionals and users in the construction of the city, the gendering of space and the ways in which space and citizen are represented, Miles explains how these issues are as relevant to architecture, urban design and planning as they are to public art. After three decades of public art as an often marginalized area within the practice of art, this is the only book to take stock of what it has become and what the future holds for it in the urban setting.

Industry Reviews

"Miles mixes art and urbanism with a dash of theory." -"Choice, May 1998 "This book provides a valuable critique of public art from a position outside it - a superb combination of theory, speculation, and a critique of public art policy." -Anthony King, State University of New York, Binghamton

List of figures
Introductionp. 1
The Cityp. 19
Space, Representation and Genderp. 39
The Monumentp. 58
The Contradictions of Public Artp. 84
Art in Urban Developmentp. 104
Art and Metropolitan Public Transportp. 132
Art in Health Servicesp. 150
Art as a Social Processp. 164
Convivial Citiesp. 188
Notesp. 209
Further readingp. 239
Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 259
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415139434
ISBN-10: 0415139430
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 4th September 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.78  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 1