MOBI The Power of Place Urban Landscapes as Public History PDF ✓

Based on her extensive experience in the urban communities of Los Angeles historian and architect Dolores Hayden proposes new perspectives on gender race and ethnicity to broaden the practice of public history and public art enlarge urban preservation and reorient the writing of urban history to spatial struggles

10 thoughts on “The Power of Place Urban Landscapes as Public History

  1. says:

    Read this for a class Somewhat interesting idea about using public art to commemorate the untold history of a place but Hayden's obsession with herself becomes distracting and frustrating to read

  2. says:

    Read for Public History Seminar

  3. says:

    Had to read it for class Hayden points out some good examples of inclusion in public history Her commentary on race is less relevant today then in the 90s

  4. says:

    hadn't finished the last chapter but i will

  5. says:

    Fantastic read about urban history and how preservation laws have overlooked women's history and minority ethnic groups over the years The book is now slightly outdated 1999 but still somehow relevant

  6. says:

    Hayden highlights the history of Los Angeles particularly focusing on displaceddisenfranchised communities and activism Hayden focuses a great deal on Biddy Mason one of my sheroes What's great about this book is that Hayden gives you another level of appreciation for the spaces in which we live not only our homes but the broader community cities and ultimately country we live in Suggesting that lived space is so much than perhaps we understand I found the conceptual maps Hayden asks residents to draw as examples of how privilege race and class impact one's knowledge of the city one lives in to be very powerful and interesting Now when I think of my own city the lovely Chocolate City DC I appreciate the places I know and am keenly aware of the places I might not know and why

  7. says:

    I enjoyed this mainly for the case studies of public history projects around LA but I'm not really sure how I could use this in public historical practice The moral of the story seems to be that PH projects dealing with urban landscapes are very complex and destined to run into a ton of roadblocks and each one is going to play out differently with different complications It is good to learn about previous projects that worked but I don't think reading these stories will really prep me for the kinds of problems that I will run into they will be uniue to my projects It is good to read this just to start thinking about ways that common people's history can be preservedcommemoratedmemorialized I was having lots of little interesting ideas while I read it that played off of projects Hayden was writing about

  8. says:

    Dolores Hayden is an accessible and engaging writer As she acknowledges in the Preface Power of Place is intended for a variety of audiences from planners to students to nonprofit professionals to historians to artists to laypeople and her direct approach to the theoretical historical and practical subject matters allows for each tier of this varied audience to engage with this material Further the histories told in this book as well as the important and underacknowledged work that Hayden's orgazization Power of Place was doing are critical narratives for anyone hoping to engage in public history historic and social prservation and space reclamation in addition to public art practitioners A HIGHLY recommended great read

  9. says:

    Using Los Angeles as a case study based in her own professional projects Hayden argues for shifting the public history paradigm in urban places to acknowledge a diversely gendered racial and ethnic past The case studies are preceded by a brief examination of urban public history in other American locations Hayden's text is accessible to a broad readership but at times the narrative might have benefited from greater depth of exploration

  10. says:

    An intriguing look at the use of collective memory and social landscapes to create spaces the empower communities I reviewed this as an assignment but found myself drawn in to her detail and analysis as though it was a novel Anyone who enjoys thinking about Urban spaces and the meanings behind social memory and the power of collective experience will enjoy this book