Space and Place in the Mexican Landscape
The Evolution of a Colonial City
Architecture - Latin American Studies
7 x 9.5, 200 pp.
53 b&w photos., 6 illus., 61 maps., 32 figs.
Pub Date: 04/19/2007
Price:        $40.00

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Space and Place in the Mexican Landscape

The Evolution of a Colonial City

By Fernando Núñez, Carlos Arvizu and Ramón Abonce
Edited by Malcolm Malcolm Quantrill

Metaphysical conceptions have always influenced how human societies create the built environment. Mexico—with its rich culture, full of symbol and myth, its beautiful cities, and its evocative ruins—is an excellent place to study the interplay of influences on space and place. In this volume, the authors consider the ideas and views that give the constructed spaces and buildings of Mexico—especially, of Querétaro—their particular ambience. They explore the ways the built world helps people find meaning and establish order for their earthly existence by mirroring their metaphysical assumptions, and they guide readers through time to see how the transformation of worldviews affects the urban evolution of a Mexican city.

The authors, then, construct a “metaphysical archeology” of space and place in the built landscape of Mexico. In the process, they identify the intangible, spiritual aspects of this land.

Not only scholars of architecture, but also archeologists and anthropologists—particularly those interested in Mexican backgrounds and culture—will appreciate the authors’ approach and conclusions.

FERNANDO NÚñEZ holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.CARLOS ARVIZU completed his doctorate in urban planning at the Sorbonne in Paris.RAMÓN ABONCE’s Ph.D. in urban geography was awarded by the University of Laval, Quebec.

What Readers Are Saying:

"This book is recommended for city planners, exhibit specialists, and students of architecture."-Colonial Latin American Historical Review

“…an important contribution to the field. The emphasis on philosophy and literature to look at places is a fresh take on the topic. . . The analysis is broad, insightful and well presented.”--Juan Miró, Univeristy of Texas


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