a bit of trouble with terms

From Pamela Robertson Wojcik’s rorotoko precis of her book, The Apartment Plot: Urban Living in American Film and Popular Culture, 1945 to 1975:

“This book is neither a history of apartments, nor about architecture. Instead, it is about urban fantasy, or what I call a philosophy of urbanism. It is about the apartment as an imagined space, and a genre. It is about the way in which representing the apartment, in film, novels, comic strips and more, functions as a way of imagining the urban, and of imagining identities as produced and shaped by the urban.”

Um… if that’s not architectural history then I’m in trouble. And so is everyone else taught by Medina Lasansky – or Beatriz Colomina, for that matter.


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