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Spectacular Mexico : design, propaganda, and the 1968 Olympics / Luis M. Castaneda.

By: Castaneda, Luis M, 1984-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookCall no.: NA4232.M48 C37 2014Series: Quadrant book: Publication: Minneapolis, Min. : University of Minnesota Press, c2014Description: xxvii, 301 p. : ill. (some col.).ISBN: 0816690790; 9780816690794; 0816690766; 9780816690763.Subject(s): Olympic Games (19th : 1968 : Mexico City, Mexico) | Architecture and state -- Mexico -- History -- 20th century | Architecture and society -- Mexico -- History -- 20th century | Architecture -- Political aspects -- Mexico -- History -- 20th century | Design -- Political aspects -- Mexico -- History -- 20th century | Design -- Social aspects -- Mexico -- History -- 20th century | Propaganda, Mexican | Architecture -- Mexico -- Mexico City -- History | Mexico City (Mexico) -- Buildings, structures, etc
Contents:
1. Diplomatic Spectacles: Mexico Displays Itself at World’s Fairs -- 2. Archaeologies of Power: Assembling the Museo Nacional de Antropología -- 3. Image Machines: Mexico ’68’s “Old” and “New” Sports Facilities -- 4. Total Design of an Olympic Metropolis -- 5. Subterranean Scenographies: Time Travel at the Mexico City Metro -- Epilogue: Olympic Afterlives.
Summary: "In the wake of its early twentieth-century civil wars, Mexico strove to present itself to the world as unified and prosperous. The preparation in Mexico City for the 1968 Summer Olympics was arguably the most ambitious of a sequence of design projects that aimed to signal Mexico's arrival in the developed world. In Spectacular Mexico, Luis M. Castañeda demonstrates how these projects were used to create a spectacle of social harmony and ultimately to guide the nation's capital into becoming the powerful megacity we know today. Not only the first Latin American country to host the Olympics, but also the first Spanish-speaking country, Mexico's architectural transformation was put on international display. From traveling exhibitions of indigenous archaeological artifacts to the construction of the Mexico City subway, Spectacular Mexico details how these key projects placed the nation on the stage of global capitalism and revamped its status as a modernized country. Surveying works of major architects such as Felix Candela, Pedro Ramírez Vazquez, Ricardo Legorreta, and graphic designer Lance Wyman, Castañeda illustrates the use of architecture and design as instruments of propaganda and nation branding. Forming a kind of "image economy," Mexico's architectural projects and artifacts were at the heart of the nation's economic growth and cultivated a new mass audience at an international level. Through an examination of one of the most important cosmopolitan moments in Mexico's history, Spectacular Mexico positions architecture as central to the negotiation of social, economic, and political relations."--
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1. Diplomatic Spectacles: Mexico Displays Itself at World’s Fairs -- 2. Archaeologies of Power: Assembling the Museo Nacional de Antropología -- 3. Image Machines: Mexico ’68’s “Old” and “New” Sports Facilities -- 4. Total Design of an Olympic Metropolis -- 5. Subterranean Scenographies: Time Travel at the Mexico City Metro -- Epilogue: Olympic Afterlives.

"In the wake of its early twentieth-century civil wars, Mexico strove to present itself to the world as unified and prosperous. The preparation in Mexico City for the 1968 Summer Olympics was arguably the most ambitious of a sequence of design projects that aimed to signal Mexico's arrival in the developed world. In Spectacular Mexico, Luis M. Castañeda demonstrates how these projects were used to create a spectacle of social harmony and ultimately to guide the nation's capital into becoming the powerful megacity we know today. Not only the first Latin American country to host the Olympics, but also the first Spanish-speaking country, Mexico's architectural transformation was put on international display. From traveling exhibitions of indigenous archaeological artifacts to the construction of the Mexico City subway, Spectacular Mexico details how these key projects placed the nation on the stage of global capitalism and revamped its status as a modernized country. Surveying works of major architects such as Felix Candela, Pedro Ramírez Vazquez, Ricardo Legorreta, and graphic designer Lance Wyman, Castañeda illustrates the use of architecture and design as instruments of propaganda and nation branding. Forming a kind of "image economy," Mexico's architectural projects and artifacts were at the heart of the nation's economic growth and cultivated a new mass audience at an international level. Through an examination of one of the most important cosmopolitan moments in Mexico's history, Spectacular Mexico positions architecture as central to the negotiation of social, economic, and political relations."--

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