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Ancient Origins of the Mexican Plaza

Wagner, Logan; Box, Hal and Morehead, Susan Kline

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ISBN 10: 0292719167 / ISBN 13: 9780292719163
Verlag: Texas Press, U.S.A., 2013
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The plaza has been a defining feature of Mexican urban architecture and culture for at least 4,000 years. Ancient Mesoamericans conducted most of their communal life in outdoor public spaces, and today the plaza is still the public living room in every Mexican neighbourhood, town, and city--the place where friends meet, news is shared, and personal and communal rituals and celebrations happen. The site of a community's most important architecture--church, government buildings, and marketplace--the plaza is both sacred and secular space and thus the very heart of the community. This extensively illustrated book traces the evolution of the Mexican plaza from Mesoamerican sacred space to modern public gathering place. The authors led teams of volunteers who measured and documented nearly one hundred traditional Mexican town centres. The resulting plans reveal the layers of Mesoamerican and European history that underlie the contemporary plaza. The authors describe how Mesoamericans designed their ceremonial centres as embodiments of creation myths--the plaza as the primordial sea from which the earth emerged. They discuss how Europeans, even though they sought to eradicate native culture, actually preserved it as they overlaid the Mesoamerican sacred plaza with the Renaissance urban concept of an orthogonal grid with a central open space. The authors also show how the plaza's historic, architectural, social, and economic qualities can contribute to mainstream urban design and architecture today.

Rezension: "Drawing on extensive and detailed surveys of nearly 100 Mexican town centers, which were carried out by teams of volunteers led by the authors, this book challenges the Eurocentric interpretation of colonial town planning in the New World as solely influenced by European theories and traditions. The authors instead argue that the open urban spaces and associated building ensembles of early colonial Mexico were envisioned and functioned as what Sam Edgerton has termed 'Theaters of Conversions' syncretizing elements of two distinct cultural traditions in order to foster integration and acculturation." - Hispanic American Historical Review "Ancient Origins of the Mexican Plaza: From Primordial Sea to Public Space is lavishly illustrated, richly documented, and conceptually limited. The result of a dozen years of field research, the authors draw on a valuable archive of digital images, photographs, and plans of 90 town centers in Mexico... The authors present a wealth of information about Mexican plazas. Adding to their own observations and photographs, the authors include extraordinary images of early colonial towns illustrated in the Relaciones Geograficas held in the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas, Austin - American Anthropologist

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Titel: Ancient Origins of the Mexican Plaza

Verlag: Texas Press, U.S.A.

Erscheinungsdatum: 2013

Einband: Hardcover

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