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By Neil Leach

'Spatial images', wrote the German cultural theorist, Siegfried Kracauer, 'are the goals of society. anywhere the hieroglyphics of any spatial photo are deciphered, there the foundation of social truth provides itself.' yet how precisely are those spatial photographs to be deciphered? Hieroglyphics of Space addresses this query with a sequence of insightful essays on a few of the nice metropolitan centres of the realm. From political interpretations to gendered analyses, from tools of mapping to filmic representations, and from reports in intake to financial surveys, the amount deals various options for analyzing and experiencing the trendy city.

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The temporal differentiation of readings of the contemporary metropolis must be taken into account. So too must the prior knowledge or ‘stock of knowledge at hand’ (Alfred Schutz) in recognising a modern language of forms. Similarly, the loss or threatened loss of orientation by the destruction of the past requires new facilitators for the acquisition of a new language. 3). ’62 The new Vienna emerging alongside old Vienna gave a stimulus to nostalgia. Not merely was a ‘new’ Vienna in the process of being developed but also the ideology of ‘old Vienna’ was being renewed.

5 Indeed, Baudelaire’s conception of modernity as the transitory, the fleeting and the fortuitous also implies the discontinuous or disintegrating experience of time as transitory, space as fleeting, and causality as replaced by the fortuitous and the arbitrary. 7 Although Marx spends too little time analysing the modern metropolis, the features of modernity that he outlines do nonetheless have relevance for reading the city as text. The destruction of the past in the metropolis is one of the central themes in the dispute surrounding the emergence of a new discipline of Städtebau in the late nineteenth century.

27 Graeme Gilloch, Myth and Metropolis. Walter Benjamin and the City, Oxford, 1996. 28 Cited in Gilloch, Myth and Metropolis, p. 181. 29 Gilloch, Myth and Metropolis, p. 181. 30 Peter Fritzsche, Reading Berlin 1900, Cambridge, MA, 1996, p. 47. 31 Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1984, pp. 91–110. 32 Franz Löwitsch, ‘Die Idee Berlin’, Wasmuth’s Monatsheft, XV (1931): 424. 33 Otto Wagner, Modern Architecture, trans. ) Harry Mallgrave, Santa Monica, 1985, p.

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