Architecture and Modernity: A Critique / Edition 1

Architecture and Modernity: A Critique / Edition 1

by Hilde Heynen
     
 

In this exploration of the relationship between modernity, dwelling, and architecture, Hilde Heynen attempts to bridge the gap between the discourse of the modern movement and cultural theories of modernity. On one hand, she discusses architecture from the perspective of critical theory, and on the other, she modifies positions within critical theory by linking

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In this exploration of the relationship between modernity, dwelling, and architecture, Hilde Heynen attempts to bridge the gap between the discourse of the modern movement and cultural theories of modernity. On one hand, she discusses architecture from the perspective of critical theory, and on the other, she modifies positions within critical theory by linking them with architecture. She assesses architecture as a cultural field that structures daily life and that embodies major contradictions inherent in modernity, arguing that architecture nonetheless has a certain capacity to adopt a critical stance vis-à-vis modernity.Besides presenting a theoretical discussion of the relation between architecture, modernity, and dwelling, the book provides architectural students with an introduction to the discourse of critical theory. The subchapters on
Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno, and the Venice School (Tafuri, Dal Co, Cacciari) can be studied independently for this purpose.

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ISBN-13:
9780262581899
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction2
Architecture Facing of Modernity
Concepts of Modernity6
Dwelling Fades into the Distance14
The Dilemmas of Architecture18
Constructing the Modern Movement
An Architectural Avant-Garde?26
Sigfried Giedion: A Programmatic View of Modernity29
Das Neue Frankfurt: The Search for a Unified Culture43
Reflections in a Mirror
The Experience of Rupture72
Adolf Loos: The Broken Continuation of Tradition75
Walter Benjamin: The Dream of a Classless Society95
Building on Hollow Space: Ernst Bloch's Criticism of Modern Architecture118
The Venice School, or the Diagnosis of Negative Thought128
Architecture as Critique of Modernity
Avant-Garde versus Modernism148
New Babylon: The Antinomies of Utopia151
No Way Out: Adorno's Aesthetic Theory174
Mimesis in Architecture192
Afterword: Dwelling, Mimesis, Culture220
Notes226
Index260

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