A Future In Ruins

Author: Lynn Meskell
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190648368
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Best known for its World Heritage program committed to "the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity," the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded in 1945 as an intergovernmental agency aimed at fostering peace, humanitarianism, and intercultural understanding. Its mission was inspired by leading European intellectuals such as Henri Bergson, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann, H. G. Wells, and Aldous and Julian Huxley. Often critiqued for its inherent Eurocentrism, UNESCO and its World Heritage program today remain embedded within modernist principles of "progress" and "development" and subscribe to the liberal principles of diplomacy and mutual tolerance. However, its mission to prevent conflict, destruction, and intolerance, while noble and much needed, increasingly falls short, as recent battles over the World Heritage sites of Preah Vihear, Chersonesos, Jerusalem, Palmyra, Aleppo, and Sana'a, among others, have underlined. A Future in Ruins is the story of UNESCO's efforts to save the world's heritage and, in doing so, forge an international community dedicated to peaceful co-existence and conservation. It traces how archaeology and internationalism were united in Western initiatives after the political upheavals of the First and Second World Wars. This formed the backdrop for the emergent hopes of a better world that were to captivate the "minds of men." UNESCO's leaders were also confronted with challenges and conflicts about their own mission. Would the organization aspire to intellectual pursuits that contributed to the dream of peace or instead be relegated to an advisory and technical agency? An eye-opening and long overdue account of a celebrated yet poorly understood agency, A Future in Ruins calls on us all to understand how and why the past comes to matter in the present, who shapes it, and who wins or loses as a consequence.

Futuruins

Author: Dimitri Ozerkov
Editor: Hatje Cantz
ISBN: 9783775745413
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The ethics and aesthetics of ruins are a crucial element in the history of civilisations: it symbolises the presence of the past, but at the same time embodies the potential for future developments. In fact, a ruin is never neutral: caught between nature and culture, suspended between catastrophe and reconstruction, it is immersed in the flow of time while suggesting eternity. In order to give an idea of the historical complexity of the concept, the book which was created and edited by Dimitri Ozerkov will range thematically over centuries, focusing on salient points: from the first mythologies of destruction, the effect of divine wrath (Deucalion and Pyrrha, Tower of Babel, Sodom and Gomorra, etc.) to the "iconoclastic terrorism" of Palmyra, while also including ancient Egypt, Greco-Roman antiquity, the "instauratio Romae", the "ruine du Louvre", and twentieth-century destructions by war and the ruins of the Twin Towers.The ethics and aesthetics of ruins are a crucial element in the history of civilisations: it symbolises the presence of the past, but at the same time embodies the potential for future developments. In fact, a ruin is never neutral: caught between nature and culture, suspended between catastrophe and reconstruction, it is immersed in the flow of time while suggesting eternity. In order to give an idea of the historical complexity of the concept, the book which was created and edited by Dimitri Ozerkov will range thematically over centuries, focusing on salient points: from the first mythologies of destruction, the effect of divine wrath (Deucalion and Pyrrha, Tower of Babel, Sodom and Gomorra, etc.) to the "iconoclastic terrorism" of Palmyra, while also including ancient Egypt, Greco-Roman antiquity, the "instauratio Romae", the "ruine du Louvre", and twentieth-century destructions by war and the ruins of the Twin Towers.

The Architecture Of Ruins

Author: Jonathan Hill
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 0429770561
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The Architecture of Ruins: Designs on the Past, Present and Future identifies an alternative and significant history of architecture from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first century, in which a building is designed, occupied and imagined as a ruin. This design practice conceives a monument and a ruin as creative, interdependent and simultaneous themes within a single building dialectic, addressing temporal and environmental questions in poetic, psychological and practical terms, and stimulating questions of personal and national identity, nature and culture, weather and climate, permanence and impermanence and life and death. Conceiving a building as a dialogue between a monument and a ruin intensifies the already blurred relations between the unfinished and the ruined and envisages the past, the present and the future in a single architecture. Structured around a collection of biographies, this book conceives a monument and a ruin as metaphors for a life and means to negotiate between a self and a society. Emphasising the interconnections between designers and the particular ways in which later architects learned from earlier ones, the chapters investigate an evolving, interdisciplinary design practice to show the relevance of historical understanding to design. Like a history, a design is a reinterpretation of the past that is meaningful to the present. Equally, a design is equivalent to a fiction, convincing users to suspend disbelief. We expect a history or a novel to be written in words, but they can also be delineated in drawing, cast in concrete or seeded in soil. The architect is a ‘physical novelist’ as well as a ‘physical historian’. Like building sites, ruins are full of potential. In revealing not only what is lost, but also what is incomplete, a ruin suggests the future as well as the past. As a stimulus to the imagination, a ruin’s incomplete and broken forms expand architecture’s allegorical and metaphorical capacity, indicating that a building can remain unfinished, literally and in the imagination, focusing attention on the creativity of users as well as architects. Emphasising the symbiotic relations between nature and culture, a building designed, occupied and imagined as a ruin acknowledges the coproduction of multiple authors, whether human, non-human or atmospheric, and is an appropriate model for architecture in an era of increasing climate change.

The Conquest Of Ruins

Author: Julia Hell
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ISBN: 022658819X
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Introduction. Post-Roman mimesis and the law of ruin -- After Carthage: the Roman empire, its rubble and ruins -- Post-Roman mimesis as conquest/besetzung: Charles V at Tunis, 1535 -- Post-Roman mimesis in the modern age: Cook's second voyage to the South Pacific and the French conquest of Egypt and Algeria -- Barbarians becoming Romans: from Germany's anti-Napoleonic barbarians to the ruin gazer scenarios of the conservative revolution -- With the end in mind: the Nazi empire's post-Roman mimesis and the ruined stage of Rome -- Theorizing empire with the end in sight: Carl Schmitt and Martin Heidegger -- Epilogue: Anselm Kiefer's Zersetzungen/disarticulations

Ruins Of Sacred And Historic Lands

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Science Fiction Studies

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Futures Ruins

Author: Nina L. Dubin
Editor: Getty Publications
ISBN: 1606060236
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In this timely and provocative study, Hubert Robert's paintings of urban ruins are interpreted as manifestations of a new consciousness of time, one shaped by the uncertainties of an economy characterized by the dread-inducing expansion of credit, frenzied speculation on the stock exchange, and bold ventures in real estate. As the favored artist of an enterprising Parisian elite, Robert is a prophetic case study of the intersections between aesthetics and modernity's dawning business culture. At the center of this lively narrative lie Robert's depictions of the ruins of Paris—macabre and spectacular paintings of fires and demolitions created on the eve of the French Revolution. Drawing on a vast range of materials, Futures & Ruins understands these artworks as harbingers of a modern appetite for destruction. The paintings are examined as expressions of the pleasures and perils of a risk economy. This captivating account—lavishly illustrated with rarely reproduced objects—recovers the critical significance of the eighteenth-century cult of ruins and of Robert's art for our times.

London Past Present And Future

Author: John Ashford
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The Ruins Or A Survey Of The Revolutions Of Empires To Which Is Added The Law Of Nature Tr From The French

Author: Constantin François de Chassebœuf comte de Volney
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Dark Lens

Author: Françoise Meltzer
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ISBN: 022662563X
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"This book draws on literature, painting, and a never-before-seen cache of photographs to explore the representation of catastrophe and the targeting of civilians in war. Focusing on images of Nazi Germany's bombed-out cities, the author connects the fraught aesthetics of ruins with the problem of how to acknowledge German suffering."--Provided by publisher.

The Aesthetics Of Ruins

Author: Robert Ginsberg
Editor: Rodopi
ISBN: 9789042016729
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This book constructs a theory of ruins that celebrates their vitality and unity in aesthetic experience. Its argument draws upon over 100 illustrations prepared in 40 countries. Ruins flourish as matter, form, function, incongruity, site, and symbol. Ruin underlies cultural values in cinema, literature, and philosophy. Finally, ruin guides meditations upon our mortality and endangered world.

Compensation Or Always A Future

Author: Anne Maria Hampton Brewster
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The Great Concern Or Man S Relation To God And A Future State

Author: Nehemiah Adams
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Future Ruins

Author: Jaspar Joseph-Lester
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ISBN: 9781527248588
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Empire Of Ruins

Author: Miles Orvell
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190491612
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Once symbols of the past, ruins have become ubiquitous signs of our future. Americans today encounter ruins in the media on a daily basis--images of abandoned factories and malls, toxic landscapes, devastating fires, hurricanes, and floods. In this sweeping study, Miles Orvell offers a new understanding of the spectacle of ruins in US culture, exploring how photographers, writers, painters, and filmmakers have responded to ruin and destruction, both real and imaginary, in an effort to make sense of the past and envision the future. Empire of Ruins explains why Americans in the nineteenth century yearned for the ruins of Rome and Egypt and how they portrayed a past as ancient and mysterious in the remains of Native American cultures. As the romance of ruins gave way to twentieth-century capitalism, older structures were demolished to make way for grander ones, a process interpreted by artists as a symptom of America's "creative destruction." In the late twentieth century, Americans began to inhabit a perpetual state of ruins, made visible by photographs of decaying inner cities, derelict factories and malls, and the waste lands of the mining industry. This interdisciplinary work focuses on how visual media have transformed disaster and decay into spectacles that compel our moral attention even as they balance horror and beauty. Looking to the future, Orvell considers the visual portrayal of climate ruins as we face the political and ethical responsibilities of our changing world. A wide-ranging work by an acclaimed urban, cultural, and photography scholar, Empire of Ruins offers a provocative and lavishly illustrated look at the American past, present, and future.

The Weight Of The Yen

Author: R. Taggart Murphy
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393316575
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A provocative financial history of the last fifteen years explains how the U.S. has gone from the world's largest creditor to its largest debtor, examining the terrible costs--both economically and politically--of borrowing money from the Japanese.

English Studies The State Of The Discipline Past Present And Future

Author: N. Gildea
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 1137478055
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An accessible and wide-ranging consideration of concerns facing English Studies in its surrounding context of the university and society. The contributors to this volume seek to trace, in the face of current challenges, historical and contemporary debates surrounding English Studies.

The Church In Ruins

Author: William Crabb
Editor: Navpress Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780891096511
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According to the authors, the American church is out of touch with the world views, social situations, and psychological needs of the people it is called to reach. "The church must understand and adapt to our society without Biblical compromise if it is to become relevant, healthy, and Biblically effective".

A God In Ruins

Author: Kate Atkinson
Editor: Random House
ISBN: 140904369X
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WINNER OF THE 2015 COSTA NOVEL AWARD AND BESTSELLING LITERARY PAPERBACK OF 2016: NOW INCLUDING AN EXCLUSIVE SAMPLE FROM KATE ATKINSON'S NEW NOVEL TRANSCRIPTION (September 2018). A God in Ruins relates the life of Teddy Todd – would-be poet, heroic World War II bomber pilot, husband, father, and grandfather – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have. This gripping, often deliriously funny yet emotionally devastating book looks at war – that great fall of Man from grace – and the effect it has, not only on those who live through it, but on the lives of the subsequent generations. It is also about the infinite magic of fiction. Few will dispute that it proves once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the most exceptional novelists of our age.

Mexico S Ruins

Author: Raul Rodriguez-Hernandez
Editor: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791480828
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Explores the trope of modernity in García Ponce’s writings.