Disciplining Bodies in the Gymnasium: Memory, Monument, Modernism Patricia Vertinsky

ISBN: 9780714684093

Published: October 1st 2003

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Disciplining Bodies in the Gymnasium: Memory, Monument, Modernism  by  Patricia Vertinsky

Disciplining Bodies in the Gymnasium: Memory, Monument, Modernism by Patricia Vertinsky
October 1st 2003 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | | ISBN: 9780714684093 | 7.50 Mb

Architecture and design have been used to exert control over bodies, across lines of class, gender and race. They regulate access to certain spaces and facilities, impose physical or psychological barriers, and make particular activities possible forMoreArchitecture and design have been used to exert control over bodies, across lines of class, gender and race. They regulate access to certain spaces and facilities, impose physical or psychological barriers, and make particular activities possible for specific groups. Built in 1951, the War Memorial Gymnasium at the University of British Columbia is a prize-winning example of modernist architecture.

Although conceived to honour the dead of World War II, it was far from being a neutral memorial and gymnasium for everyday athletes. and spatial configurations of the building reveal about the values and aspirations of the university in the post-war years.

It shows how the building reflected the social and power relations among university administrators, architects and planners, faculty, staff and students, and demonstrates how the culture and structure of the gymnasium responded to changing attitudes to competition, discipline, profession, gender, race and health. As the editors explain, built form has politics, and culture-sporting culture- is just politics by another name.



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