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GOG 220 Urban Geography Class #7 ( 2/14) Postmodern Urbanism: The City as Spectacle Case Study IV: Tokyo Reading : Hall Ch 7
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1. Introduction what is a postmodern city? Definition used in this class: POSTMODERNITY : a critical movement -- located within philosophy, the arts, and the social sciences -- that challenges the grand claims and theories associated with the “modernism” that dominated Western culture after the Second World War... Yue Minjun, Postmodern Garden, 2006
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Postmodernism questions the closures and certainties associated with conventional (modernist) metanarratives , and in their place offers the notions of heterogeneity and difference ; an openness to a range of voices -- polyvocality -- in social enquiry, artistic experimentation, and political empowerment; and an acceptance that there are multiple ways to represent others and the outside world that are not (or ought not to be) dependent on the authority claims of specific authors and scholars...
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The simplest example in the urban realm is in the field of architecture and design : the stark, geometric modernism of the early to mid- twentieth century; as opposed to the diversity and eclecticism of postmodern architecture...
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i n economic terms , the “postmodern” era is one in which significant changes in culture and philosophy have resulted from the emergence of the new global economic system; some scholars suggest that the postmodern condition ” is really little more than the “culture” of late capitalism, in other words the new patterns of flexible production and consumption associated with globalization…
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John Hannigan, Fantasy City: Pleasure and Profit in the Postmodern Metropolis . New York: Routledge. 1999 Fantasy City looks at the development of themed environments ” and shows how they fit into the economic development strategies of local governments in US cities (and this can be extended to many other cities around the world)…
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themed environments have transformed urban space and urban life, through the commodification of pleasure and profit; Hannigan describes the characteristics of urban entertainment destination” (UED) projects of the postmodern metropolis; UED projects are part of a new urban economy rooted in such things as tourism, sports, culture, and entertainment…
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