Architecture Between Spectacle and Use / Edition 1

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With the recent international proliferation of architectural projects, expansions, and renovations––particularly in the art and museum worlds––critics have accused architecture of entering too fully into the “society of the spectacle,” yielding to consumerist display, and trading its historical aims, ambitions, and obligations for celebrity and ostentation.

This important and timely volume examines the current state of contemporary architecture worldwide and the ways in which it is caught between the art of display and the accommodation of use. Eleven distinguished scholars from the fields of architecture, art history, and architectural criticism explore the problems and possibilities of contemporary architecture in the light of the history of its modern reception, new approaches to design technologies, and philosophical issues about the “meaning” of architecture. They also consider whether the new buildings, projects, and ideas that have generated such excitement and public interest are a creative response to society’s fundamental social, cultural, and economic needs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300125542
  • Publisher: Clark, Sterling & Francine Art Institute
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Series: Clark Studies in the Visual Arts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.03 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Vidler is dean of the Cooper Union School of Architecture.

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Table of Contents

Introduction   Anthony Vidler     vii
Questioning the Spectacle
Spectacle Architecture Before and After the Aftermath: Situating the Sydney Experience   Terry Smith     3
Their "Master's Voice": Notes on the Architecture of Hans Scharoun's and Frank Gehry's Concert Halls   Kurt W. Forster     25
"The Way the World Sees London": Thoughts on a Millennial Urban Spectacle   Mark Dorrian     41
Media as Modern Architecture   Beatriz Colomina     58
Histories and Genealogies
The (Trans)formations of Fame   Mark Jarzombek     77
Monumentality in the Pictorial Still   Sarah Williams Goldhagen     89
"Acid Visions"   Felicity D. Scott     107
Redefining Spectacle
Nonstandard Morality: Digital Technology and Its Discontents   Mario Carpo     127
Architecture's Expanded Field   Anthony Vidler     143
Toward a History of Quantity   Mark Wigley     155
Image Building   Hal Foster     164
Contributors     180
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