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This article has been published in: Ocula 13, Architecture and Political Discourse: crossing perspectives

author: Eleonora Diamanti (Université du Québec à Montréal (CA))

Urban Practices between Politics and Architecture. Semiotic analysis of Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Montréal

language: french

publication date: August 2012

abstract: The relationship between politics and architecture is a complex and fundamental issue in understanding the urban and social fabric of cities. Moreover, architectural artefacts constitute symbolic forms inscribing political choices on space. However, it is further complicated by urban practices – or the users’ experience – which intervene and take part in the creation of meaning re-semanticizing and reinterpreting political wills and architectural forms. From a semiotic perspective, my aim is to highlight the active role of semiotic practices which influence the link
between politics and architecture and its complex connection to the society and culture to which they belong. In doing so, I will take the example of Montréal, the biggest and most important French-speaking city in North America, referring to the heritage of colonial politics and the modern multicultural tendencies. In particular, I will study Saint-Laurent Boulevard, one of the most important and symbolic streets of the city. The research will focus on two aspects: urban projects and toponyms linked to the political interventions in architecture but also the use and re-interpretation of politics and spaces accomplished by urban practices.

keywords: spazi urbani, architettura, urban space, semiotic practices, architecture, montréal

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DOI: 10.12977/ocula13

citation information: Eleonora Diamanti, Pratiques urbaines entre politique et architecture. Analyse sémiotique du boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, "Ocula", vol.13, n.13, August 2012. DOI: 10.12977/ocula13



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