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Title: An acquired taste : the consumption of design in Barcelona, 1975-1992
Author: Narotzky, Viviana
ISNI:       0000 0004 2729 7983
Awarding Body: Royal College of Art
Current Institution: Royal College of Art
Date of Award: 2002
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Initially addressing design and later embracing architecture as well, this study charts their evolution In Barcelona during a period in which the profound transformations brought about by the process of political transition were matched by the physical changes taking place in the city itself. It follows the way in which these disciplines turned ideas about local identity, modernity, social and cultural value into everyday material artefacts and environments, and the process whereby these Ideas expanded from a restricted social circle into the mainstream of the city's popular culture. It illustrates some important characteristics of design and architecture in . Barcelona, exploring the complexity of a network 1hat gradually defined their place and role in the local culture. It argues 1hat architecture and design were particularly suited to embody the fundamental concepts 1hat underscored the Spanish transition, especially in the Catalan case, while highlighting the difficulty encountered in preserving the integrity of their underlying values as their system of provision expanded, opening up to a brooder constituency 1hat challenged some of their established discourses. , In Barcelona the knowledge about design was generated across a range of sites, both public and private, involving production, consumption, mediation and use. Each one of them generated on intense activity, both economic and cultural. Discourses arose at different sites, from the shop to the street, the bar to the furniture editors workshop, and they responded to different logics. It was out of the combination of these many sites throughout the period under study that the local cultural system of architecture and design emerged. This themed topography of Iinkages extending into the urban space was particularly significant in the case of Barcelona. The new symbolic economy that grew out of the city's regeneration during the transition was intimately bound to a local geography of design and architectural intervention, of socially controlled visual statements 1hat underpinned definitions of nationhood and modernity.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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