Purpose: This article unveils the similarities of today's space production systems with taxidermy. Giving examples from the transformation of natural environment during the history of Mannahatta (Manhattan), the article discusses the process of metamorphosis of habitats and ecosystems to anthropocentric artificial objects. Design/methodology/approach: Referencing Lefebvre, urbanization is conceptualized as the production of abstract space that ultimately stifles life; by analogy, space taxidermy. Findings: Using the analogy of taxidermy and abstract space production processes, the article introduces the necessity and the principles of restoring natural habitats. Originality/value: Re-writing the urban and architectural history of Manhattan by focusing on four different scenes from its life-span, the article introduces a novel; a new narrative of the history of the city from the perspective of human-nature relations and the various ways habitats were shaped on this island during history.
|Journal||Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research|
|Early online date||21 Oct 2020|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 21 Oct 2020|
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- Space taxidermy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Urban Studies