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Landscape and Agency explores how landscape, as an idea, a visual medium and a design practice, is organized, appropriated and framed in the transformation of places, from the local to the global. It highlights how the development of the idea of agency in landscape theory and practice can fundamentally change our engagement with future landscapes. Including a wide range of international contributions, each illustrated chapter investigates the many ways in which the relationship between the ideas and practices of landscape, and social and subjective formations and material processes, are invested with agency. They critically examine the role of landscape in processes of contemporary urban development, environmental debate and political agendas and explore how these relations can be analysed and rethought through a dialogue between theory and practice.
"The 12 critical essays in this collection offer a broad, interdisciplinary approach to this highly relevant television show, examining Mad Men as a cultural barometer for contemporary concerns with consumerism, capitalism and sexism. A detailed cast list and episode guide are included"--Provided by publisher.
In treating the topic of the landscapes of stylistics, this book provides a series of chapters which deal not only with physical landscapes but also with social, mental, historical portraits of places, people and society. The chapters demonstrate that all texts project a worldview, even when the content appears to be only a physical description of the external world. The implication is that texts attempt to produce specific effects on the reader determined by the author’s worldview. Contents and effects, (namely mental and emotional states, behaviours), are thus inseparable. Identifying those effects and how they are produced is an eminently cognitive operation. The chapters analyse a variety of linguistic devices and cognitive mechanisms employed in producing the text and accounting for the effects achieved. Though the majority of the chapters have a cognitive basis, a wide range of methodologies are employed, including ecostylistics, offering cutting-edge theoretical approaches teamed up with close reading. A further crucial feature of this collection is the selection of non-canonical texts, ranging from lesser-known texts in English to significant works in languages other than English, all of which are characterised by important social themes, thus emphasising the importance of critical appreciation as a means of self-empowerment.
The spread of urbanization has transformed the concept of the city, but the way urban planners, urban scientists and, above all, urban dwellers address it has also changed, probably even more so. The city is thus a new topic for geography, a discipline that has experienced an ambiguous relationship to cities in the past. What kind of geography is required in order to bring fresh insight to this renewed field? Drawing together a wide range of texts from philosophers, sociologists and economist as well as geographers and urban planners, this volume provides a theoretical framework within which this question can begin to be explored.
Written by a team of renowned contributors and carefully edited to address the themes laid out by the editors in their introduction, the book includes theoretical issues concerning the questions of aesthetics and politics and addresses city and urban strategies within the general critique of the "post-political". By focusing on specific case studies from Warsaw, Barcelona, Dubai, Tokyo and many more the book consolidates the contributions of a diverse group of academics, architects and critics from Europe, the Middle East and America. This collection fills the gap in the existing literature on the relation between politics and aesthetics, and its implications for the theoretical discourse of architecture today. In summary, this book provides a response to the predominant de-politicization in academic discourse and is an attempt to re-claim the abandoned critical project in architecture.
Mappings explores what mapping has meant in the past and how its meanings have altered. How have maps and mapping served to order and represent physical, social and imaginative worlds? How has the practice of mapping shaped modern seeing and knowing? In what ways do contemporary changes in our experience of the world alter the meanings and practice of mapping, and vice versa? In their diverse expressions, maps and the representational processes of mapping have constructed the spaces of modernity since the early Renaissance. The map's spatial fixity, its capacity to frame, control and communicate knowledge through combining image and text, and cartography's increasing claims to scientific authority, make mapping at once an instrument and a metaphor for rational understanding of the world. Among the topics the authors investigate are projective and imaginative mappings; mappings of terraqueous spaces; mapping and localism at the 'chorographic' scale; and mapping as personal exploration. With essays by Jerry Brotton, Paul Carter, Michael Charlesworth, James Corner, Wystan Curnow, Christian Jacob, Luciana de Lima Martins, David Matless, Armand Mattelart, Lucia Nuti and Alessandro Scafi
Essays on Governance, is a practical, easy to read book featuring a series of thirty-six (36) essays on the strategic essence, philosophy, best practices and legal aspects of leadership and governance. At a time when our faith and confidence in our nation's political and business leaders has reached historic lows, now is the time to reconnect with what it really means to lead and govern properly. Essays On Governance, features a collection of thoughts and insights for today's leaders and board members of companies both large and small, public and private, as well as boards of non-profits and NGO's and universities as well as from global government and political leaders. The book also features guest essays from selective thought leaders in the areas of governance, leadership, innovation, and risk management. Guest Essay: The Role of the Governance Lawyer (Lizanne Thomas, Jones Day - Atlanta) Guest Essay: Nine (9) Critical Questions A Board Must Ask In Connection With A Crisis or Regulatory Investigation (Henry Klehm, Jones Day, NY and Joan McKown, Jones Day, Washington, D.C) Guest Essay: Corporate Communications: Challenges and Opportunities In A Changing World (Dave Groobert, U.S. General Manager, Environics Communications) Guest Essay: Corporate Security, (Robert Dodge and Bruce Wimmer, Pinkerton Global Consulting and Investigations) Guest Essay. Information Systems and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) (By Neil Evans, (former CIO) Microsoft and Pete O'Dell, Swan Island Networks) Guest Essay: Corporate Boards And Understanding The CFO A Financial Lens, the CEO's Conscience, and Gateway to Fiscal Understanding (Frank J. Walker, Baker Tilly) Guest Essay: The Critical Importance of Evaluating and Testing Employees (Bud Haney, CEO, Profiles International, Inc.) Guest Essay: Healthy Governance How to Build Healthy, Highly Effective Boards (Dr. Robert Rosen, CEO, Healthy Companies International) Guest Essay: Corporate Innovation: Measuring Readiness and Results (Dr. Donald Kuratko, Director JCEI) Guest Essay: Corporate Social Responsibility: From Being Best in the World to Being Best for the World, (Mrim Boutla, CEO, More Than Money) Guest Essay: The "Innovention" of Global Governance Models, (Jack Hughes - Principal, PHOENIX Financial & Advisory Services, LLC) Guest Essay: The Six Gut-Wrenching Questions Every Non-Profit Board Must Ask (Mario Morino, Chairman, Venture Philanthropy Partners) Guest Essay: The Essence of Entrepreneurial Leadership (Verne Harnish, Chairman, Gazelles International) Guest Essay: Turning The Tables: The SCALE Guide To Selecting The Right Board Members (Marissa Levin, CEO, Information Experts) Guest Essay: Looking Towards the Future: The Business Case for Effective Corporate Governance (John Sullivan, Executive Director, Center for International Private Enterprises (CIPE))

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