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Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology

 

 

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World
Brown University
Box 1837 / 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
Telephone: (401) 863-3188
Fax: (401) 863-9423
Joukowsky_Institute@brown.edu

September 18, 2007


Approaching ancient cities


Project of modernity: a "tumultous cultural condition" in the city. Performance and enactment of modernity in the urban sphere through a cultural confrontation with the past.


Uploaded ImageMussolini's destructions of urban space in Rome: Piazza Venezia in 1932. Clearing the "clutter" of historical fabric to reveal the glorius ancient monuments.
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Uploaded Image Il piccone risanatore (The "healing pick"): Mussolini at the Roman Forum.

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Roman Forum 1932.
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Piazza Augusto Imparatore 1937. Fascism appropriates the ancient monument.

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Uploaded Image Selective history or architectural amnesia: Acropolis of Athens at the time of the Ottoman Empire. The stone buildings of the Ottoman city are "cleared away" to reveal the pure beauties of classical Athens.

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Austin Henry Layard's reconstruction of the Assyrian city of Kalhu (Nimrud) which he mistakenly thought as Nineveh (published as Monuments of Nineveh, 1849-1853).

Uploaded Image The Crystal Palace, Hyde Park, London (built to house the Great Exhibition of 1851, designed by Joseph Paxton)