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Politico-Architectonic Philosophy as Place Building in Albany, New York, U.S.A.

Politico-Architectonic Philosophy as Place Building in Albany, New York, U.S.A.

Carlos José Lopes Balsas, “Politico-Architectonic Philosophy as Place Building in Albany, New York, U.S.A.,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 551–82, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0551.

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Politico-Architectonic Philosophy as Place Building in Albany, New York, U.S.A.

Type Journal Article
Author Carlos José Lopes Balsas
Rights © 2018 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural | © 2018 Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
Volume 74
Issue 2-3
Pages 551-582
Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
ISSN 0870-5283
Date 2018
DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0551
Language English
Abstract Governmental complexes vary in their urbanistic conceptions. Many exhibit grandiose visions intended to create strong feelings in the minds and hearts of those who visit and work within their inner-bowels. The purpose of this paper is to analyse the conception, design, planning, construction and long-term plausibility of the Empire State Plaza (ESP) in Albany, New York. It is hypothesized that the ESP represents the radicalization of a vision, the materialization of a governmental utopia, and the memorialization of a skyline not timely appropriated by Albanians and New Yorkers. ESP’s long-term plausibility is questioned from its place-making characteristics, completeness and extent of the impacts of its redevelopment, and tangible results from urbanity and humane perspectives. It is argued that ESP’s politico-architectonic gestures are individual statements as much as collective appropriations of immaterial values connected to (1) the redevelopment of the city’s CBD, (2) images of a fully functioning state apparatus, and (3) the desire to centralize most state agencies within a specific place.
Date Added 20/10/2018, 22:20:12
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  • philosophy,
  • architecture,
  • politics,
  • power,
  • urbanism


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