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Architecture From the Outside In: Selected Essays by Robert Gutman

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Today, in the face of the challenges confronting their profession, from the economic crisis to an urgent need for longer-lasting, more affordable, and greener construction, architects have been forced to reconsider the relationship between architecture and society, between buildings, their inhabitants, and the environment. No single individual did more to build this discourse than Robert Gutman. Sometimes referred to as the sociological father of architecture, Gutman in his writing and teaching initiated a ...

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Overview

Today, in the face of the challenges confronting their profession, from the economic crisis to an urgent need for longer-lasting, more affordable, and greener construction, architects have been forced to reconsider the relationship between architecture and society, between buildings, their inhabitants, and the environment. No single individual did more to build this discourse than Robert Gutman. Sometimes referred to as the sociological father of architecture, Gutman in his writing and teaching initiated a conversation about the occupants of buildings and the forms, policies, plans, and theories that architects might shape. A sociologist by training, Gutman infiltrated architectures ranks in the mid-1960s. Over the next four decades at Princetons School of Architecture, Gutman wrote about architecture and taught generations of future architects, while still maintaining an outsider status that allowed him to see the architectural profession in an insightful, unique, and always honest way.

Architecture From the Outside In is the only book of Gutman's collected essays to span his entire career, with the earliest essay included from 1965, and the most recent from 2005. Before his death in 2007, Gutman wrote a new introduction for the book, its chapters, and each of the included essays. The fourteen essays included here are the rare case of valuable historical documents that remain relevant to architects practicing today. Editors Dana Cuff and John Wriedt added twelve dialogues by some of Gutman's former students, now some of the best-known architects and theorists of today: Bryan Bell, Deborah Berke, Peggy Deamer, Frank Duffy, Keller Easterling, Robert Fishman, Marta Gutman, Wallis Miller, David Mohney, Patricia Morton, Eric Mumford, and Sarah Whiting. These essays give a contemporary response to Gutman's work, and make Architecture From the Outside In an invaluable addition to any contemporary architect's library.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568988962
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2010
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 1,189,127
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dana Cuff is a professor of architecture and urban design at the University of California, Los Angeles.

John Wriedt is an architect and writer who lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 8

Acknowledgments 10

A Note on the Dialogues 11

Before and Beyond Outside In 13

Introduction 27

1 Practices

1.1 Architecture: The Entrepreneurial Profession 32

1.2 Professions and Their Discontents: The Psychodynamics of Architectural Practice 43

1.3 The Designer in Architectural Practice 61

Dialogue 1 Pre-form and Post-form Design Activism Bryan Bell 76

Dialogue 2 Design and Contemporary Practice Peggy Deamer 81

Dialogue 3 Fitting In: Architecture in the Art Gallery Wallis Miller 86

2 Buildings and Projects

2.1 Human Nature in Architectural Theory: The Example of Louis Kahn 94

2.2 House VI 119

2.3 Building Evaluation, User Satisfaction, and Design 127

Dialogue 4 Asking Questions Patricia Morton 144

Dialogue 5 An Architecture of the Workplace Deborah Berke 148

3 Sociology and Architecture

3.1 The Questions Architects Ask 152

3.2 Site Planning and Social Behavior 186

Dialogue 6 Sociologists in the Studio: Conflict and Cooperation Robert Fishman 202

Dialogue 7 Parallels and Connections Frank Duffy 207

4 Housing

4.1 A Sociologist Looks at Housing 214

4.2 U.S. Architects and Housing: 5 Relationships 227

4.3 Two Questions for Architecture 239

Dialogue 8 Translating the Harsh Speech of the Developer: Robert Gutman and the Design of American Housing Eric Mumford 246

Dialogue 9 Modern Housing: A California Story Marta Gutman 251

5 Architectural Education

5.1 Educating Architects: Pedagogy and the Pendulum 258

5.2 Discipline Building 287

5.3 Two Discourses of Architectural Education 297

Dialogue 10 The Place of the Public in Architectural Education: A Case Study in Kentucky David Mohney 309

Dialogue 11 Welcome to the Banquet (or, How to Increase the Relative Happiness of the M. Arch. Thesis Student) Sarah Whiting 313

Dialogue 12 The Activist Entrepreneur Keller Easterling 318

Selected Bibliography of Publications Robert Gutman 326

Index 330

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