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Learning from Civilia. Heterodoxias Críticas, Historiografía y Proyecto Urbano [Learning from Civilia: Critical Heterodoxies, Histogriography and Urban Design]

Lookup NU author(s): LM Lus Arana, Dr Stephen Parnell



This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Sevilla: Universidad de Sevilla, 2020.

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Since its first publication in 1971 as a special issue of The Architectural Review, Civilia, The End of Suburban Man has remained an anomalous document within the history of architectural theory and criticism. Profusely illustrated with collages made from hundreds of photographs of buildings published in the pages of the magazine, the book described, in great detail and with a language close to that of the manifesto, a fictional English New Town built in an abandoned quarry. Located in a diffuse terrain vague between fiction, satire and true proposal, Civilia was both a critique of post-war English urbanism and the urban proposals of modernity in general, standing as a vivid illustration of the concept of Townscape that the magazine had been promoting for several decades. ‘Learning from Civilia’ offers a critical review of the content of the book, the circumstances of its creation and its reception, and introduces The Civilia Project. An initiative of the University of Newcastle, The Civilia Project integrates research and teaching, and proposes a reexamination of Civilia not only due to its historiographic significance, but also because of its value as a design tool and for the relevance that its discourse maintains today, especially, in relation to urban planning.

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Author(s): Lus Arana LM, Parnell S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proyecto, Progreso, Arquitectura

Year: 2020

Issue: 22

Pages: 36-53

Print publication date: 20/05/2020

Online publication date: 20/05/2020

Acceptance date: 20/03/2020

Date deposited: 06/05/2020

ISSN (electronic): 2171-6897

Publisher: Sevilla: Universidad de Sevilla


DOI: 10.12795/ppa.2020.i22.02


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