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Order and memory: constructing the image of a mid-size city in photography and urban planning in Ghent around 1900

Bruno Notteboom (UGent)
(2012) OASE (DELFT). p.12-27
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This text takes the work of photographer Edmond Sacré (1851-1921) as a starting point to investigate the imagery of the Belgian city of Ghent. Around 1900, this city paralleled spatial order (by means of urban planning) and visual ordering (by means of all kinds of publications). This ordering of the image of the city and its inhabitants was closely linked with the rise of the ‘petite bourgeoisie’. A clearly legible and controllable image of the city became an instrument for social positioning and had to provide an answer to the estrangement and social unrest the transition to an industrial city had brought about. A wellthought-out urban décor, promoted by the intensive city marketing of the Ghent World Exhibition of 1913, anchored the image of a small and historic city in collective memory and acted as a counterweight for Ghent’s increase in scale.
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urban imagery, mid-size city, Ghent

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Notteboom, Bruno. 2012. “Order and Memory: Constructing the Image of a Mid-size City in Photography and Urban Planning in Ghent Around 1900.” Ed. Michiel Dehaene, Klaske Havik, and Bruno Notteboom. Oase (delft) (89): 12–27.
APA
Notteboom, B. (2012). Order and memory: constructing the image of a mid-size city in photography and urban planning in Ghent around 1900. (M. Dehaene, K. Havik, & B. Notteboom, Eds.)OASE (DELFT), (89), 12–27.
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Notteboom B. Order and memory: constructing the image of a mid-size city in photography and urban planning in Ghent around 1900. Dehaene M, Havik K, Notteboom B, editors. OASE (DELFT). 2012;(89):12–27.
MLA
Notteboom, Bruno. “Order and Memory: Constructing the Image of a Mid-size City in Photography and Urban Planning in Ghent Around 1900.” Ed. Michiel Dehaene, Klaske Havik, & Bruno Notteboom. OASE (DELFT) 89 (2012): 12–27. Print.
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  author       = {Notteboom, Bruno},
  editor       = {Dehaene, Michiel and Havik, Klaske and Notteboom, Bruno},
  issn         = {0169-6238},
  journal      = {OASE (DELFT)},
  keywords     = {urban imagery,mid-size city,Ghent},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {89},
  pages        = {12--27},
  title        = {Order and memory: constructing the image of a mid-size city in photography and urban planning in Ghent around 1900},
  year         = {2012},
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