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Historicizing the landscape : recovering the aesthetics of the Alhambra

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dc.contributor.advisor Nasser Rabbat. en_US
dc.contributor.author De Klerk, Marianne Magdalena, 1970- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial e-sp---
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-13T17:43:17Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-13T17:43:17Z
dc.date.copyright 2001 en_US
dc.date.issued 2001 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/65725
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture; and, (M.C.P.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, 2001. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 123-126). en_US
dc.description.abstract The thesis explores the conception and evolution of the Alhambra as a monument during the 19th and 20th centuries. The contemporary monument encompasses a vast landscape complex saturated by nine hundred years of continuous occupation. The fragmented form of the palace complex, adapted and reconstructed for centuries, achieved coherence through the reification of tropes celebrating the landscape in 19th century travel literature. Travel was a contemplative practice of decomposing and recomposing the landscape through literature and visual representation. Travelers attempted to recapture and reconstruct a coherent image of the palace complex through the documentation and reconstruction of an imagined original. The aesthetic revival of the mythical productive landscape that once enfolded the Alhambra dominated the experience, hence the desire to recapture - and if necessary reconstruct - the landscape of the past is always present in the literature and the restoration and conservation projects of the last two centuries. Conservation projects were accompanied by the restoration of historic gardens, the design of new gardens, the symbolic revival of the famed irrigation system of the Muslims and the spatial organization of the monumental complex to accommodate its new central function as one of the world's primary tourist destinations. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Marianne Magdalena de Klerk. en_US
dc.format.extent 127 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Architecture. en_US
dc.subject Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.title Historicizing the landscape : recovering the aesthetics of the Alhambra en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree M.C.P. en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 49554995 en_US


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