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Asmara: Africa's Secret Modernist City (Anglais) Broché – 23 octobre 2006

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An excellent overview of Asmara's colonial past, the ambitious building program of its Italian occupants, and its present condition. --Modernism Magazine

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Asmara, the capital of the small East African country of Eritrea, bordering the Red Sea, is one of the most important and exciting architectural 'discoveries' of recent years. Built almost entirely in the 1930s by the Italians, who transformed it into a hotbed of radical architectural innovation, Asmara has one of the highest concentrations of Modernist architecture anywhere in the world. This superb building-by-building survey, illustrated with previously unpublished archival material and specially commissioned photography, chronicles the colonial past and remarkable survival of a city that has evocatively been described as the 'Miami of Africa'.

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HASH(0x900e1234) étoiles sur 5 Excellent for the arm chair traveler and history buff 11 mars 2004
Par Ron T. - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I spent several years living with my family in Asmara as a young boy. Now as an adult I've been searching for a book that would allow my to do some arm chair traveling back to my former home. Mr. Denison's book allowed me to do that in both word and picture. The book is broken up into a general history section followed by detailed photos on the major architecture of Asmara in each of the significant eras, and offers both vintage and current photographs and design plans of the buildings in the city.
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HASH(0x900e11ec) étoiles sur 5 An authoritative work 8 septembre 2005
Par Starks - Publié sur
Format: Relié
A very important work that includes both the Eritrean history and the architectural mystique and prominence of this otherwise unknown city.

I applaud the authors for helping to preserve Eritrea's architectural treasures, which stand as a true gem compared with the rest of the African continent. Outlined in the book are those that were spared from the marauding British and greedy Ethiopian invaders and withstood decades of war.
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HASH(0x9029bbe8) étoiles sur 5 fascist aesthetics 29 mai 2013
Par a reader - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I would like to add how important a text this is to the literature on fascist aesthetics.

With the institutionalization of genocide studies, the development of curriculum on the powerful ideas of modernity, national myth, the power of a carefully-developed aesthetic for propaganda, spectacle, crowd control to inspire people to buy into a modernist national myth becomes imperative.

Frederic Spotts, in "Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics", pinned down the long-rumored connection between fascist aesthetics and rock concerts. He documented the fact that David Bowie and Mick Jagger both spent hours watching Leni Riefenstahl's masterpiece of Hitler propaganda, "Triumph of the Will". The thought of Jagger and Bowie as manipulators of a fascist aesthetic rather than the alleged revolution they've been singing about all these years should give every fan of rock concert production food for thought. Under my thumb, girl. There's a PhD. thesis to be written comparing rock concert production effects with those carefully laid out by Albert Speer for the Nuremberg rally, which is the subject of Riefenstahl's movie.

Asmara was Mussolini's planned city, his expression of modernism in his newly-acquired African colony. It is a most beautiful city, and takes its place with the publication of this excellent book as perhaps the most ambitious expression of the totalitarian ethic. Compared to Soviet modernism or Hitler kitsch, Asmara stands for Italian superiority in architecture unchanged since the Romans.

As a planned city for Africa, Asmara is also a major site for post-colonial or subaltern studies. How Italian fascism was to educate, control and colonize Africans with the beauty of Asmara was a message consciously implanted in every cantilevered roof and enlightened street grid by the fascists. So this book takes its stand with two other revolutionary studies of colonial and post-colonial architecture, Okwui Enwezor's "The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa", which documents architectural plans for European planned cities in Africa, and, "The Politics of Design in French Colonial Architecture" by Gwendolyn Wright. The idea that modernity itself is a thrusting, crushing colonial -- and in the case of Asmara, fascist -- power is a message this beautiful book, this beautiful city, and the beauty of Africa on her own, gives, unforgettably.
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HASH(0x901eda90) étoiles sur 5 Wonderful Memories 10 novembre 2008
Par Bomb Man58 - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I spent seven years living and working in Asmara and was fascinated by its architecture. To compliment Asmara the city, are its citizens, the Asmarinos-friendly, dedicated, hardworking and very proud.

Looking through the pages of this book brought back great memories of my time in Asmara. I was able to view the dedicated work of the Cultural Assets Rehabilitation Project (CARP) in the inner, historical quarter of the city. To see these old buildings come back to life was a joy to behold; especially the devotion to restoring the buildings authentically.

Anyone who has visited this timeless city will be captivated by the journey through the pages of this book. Originally aimed at people in the architectural business, the book reaches out to any reader with its photographic portrayal of one of the world's unique cities.

An extremely well researched and written book; the authors have devoted a great deal of time into their research with getting every aspect of Asmara's development history correct. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and commend it to anyone who has ever visited Asmara. Ane Asmara yefetwa eyee.
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HASH(0x8fb9e5ac) étoiles sur 5 A 'must' for any college-level collection strong in architecture and modern urban landscapes. 7 mars 2007
Par Midwest Book Review - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Edward Denison, Guang Yu Ren and Naigzy Gebremedhin's ASMARA: AFRICA'S SECRET MODERNIST CITY examines the nature and architectural innovations of a city which holds one of the highest concentrations of Modernist architecture in the world. Experts with detailed knowledge of the city survey many of the structures, add notes from previously unpublished archival material, and include original photography not to be seen elsewhere. A 'must' for any college-level collection strong in architecture and modern urban landscapes.
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