April sees the publication of the latest volume in the Ashgate Studies in Architecture edited by Eamonn CanniffeMEMORIES OF CITIES: TRIPS AND MANIFESTOES by Jonathan Charley (Strathclyde University)
Memories Of Cities is a collection of overlapping essays that explore different ways of writing about the political and economic history of the built environment. Employing a variety of narrative forms including memoirs, letters, and diary entries, the essays are united in their critique of capitalist architectural and urban development and are illustrated by original photographs that form a parallel and supporting narrative. Rooted in the direct experience of living, working and visiting different places, the book investigates the dominant forces that underpin the capitalist nature of the built environment, whilst simultaneously highlighting some of the historic attempts to forge an alternative vision of how buildings and cities might be produced and experienced. Taken as a whole, Memories Of Cities takes us on what is a predominantly European journey that explores aspects of cities such as Glasgow, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Marseille. Drawing upon key authors and concepts to be found in both fiction and non-fiction, it encourages us to question how the built environment is produced and experienced.
Eamonn Canniffe leads the Architecture Research Centre and the MA in Architecture + Urbanism at the Manchester School of Architecture. He was educated in Architecture at Cambridge and Harvard Universities. In 1996 he held a Rome Scholarship in the Fine Arts at the British School at Rome. Between 1986 and 1998 he taught at the University of Manchester School of Architecture, and between 1998 and 2006 at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture. He is the author of Urban Ethic: Design in the Contemporary City (Routledge 2006) (Chinese edition 城市伦理--当代城市设计 2013) and The Politics of the Piazza: the history and meaning of the Italian square (Ashgate 2008). He is co-author (with Tom Jefferies) of Manchester Architecture Guide (1999) and (with Peter Blundell Jones) of Modern Architecture through Case Studies 1945-1990 (Architectural Press 2007), (Chinese edition 现代建筑的演变 1945--1990年 2009) (Spanish edition Modelos de la Arquitectura Moderna -Volumen II 1945-1990 2013). For a number of years he has served as Architecture Series Editor for Ashgate Publishing.