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Ordinary. Banal. Quotidian. These words are rarely used to praise architecture, but in fact they represent the interest of a growing number of architects looking to the everyday to escape the ever-quickening cycles of consumption and fashion that have reduced architecture to a series of stylistic fads. Architecture of the Everyday makes a plea for an architecture that is emphatically un-monumental, anti-heroic, and unconcerned with formal extravagance. Edited by Deborah Berke and Steven Harris, this collection of...
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Architecture of the Everyday

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Overview

Ordinary. Banal. Quotidian. These words are rarely used to praise architecture, but in fact they represent the interest of a growing number of architects looking to the everyday to escape the ever-quickening cycles of consumption and fashion that have reduced architecture to a series of stylistic fads. Architecture of the Everyday makes a plea for an architecture that is emphatically un-monumental, anti-heroic, and unconcerned with formal extravagance. Edited by Deborah Berke and Steven Harris, this collection of writings, photo-essays, and projects describes an architecture that draws strength from its simplicity, use of common materials, and relationship to other fields of study. Topics range from a website that explores the politics of domesticity, to a transformation of the sidewalk in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo, to a discussion of the work of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. Contributors include Margaret Crawford, Peggy Deamer, Deborah Fausch, Ben Gianni and Mark Robbins, Joan Ockman, Ernest Pascucci, Alan Plattus, and Mary-Ann Ray. Deborah Berke and Steven Harris are currently associate professors of architecture at Yale University, and have their own practices in New York City.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616891206
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 448,953
  • File size: 13 MB
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Deborah Berke and Steven Harris are currently associate professors of architecture at Yale University, and have their own practices in New York City.

Deborah Berke and Steven Harris are currently associate professors of architecture at Yale University, and have their own practices in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Everyday Architecture 1
Henri Lefebvre's Critique of Everyday Life: An Introduction 9
Industry 30
The Everyday and Everydayness 32
Television Sets 38
Intimate (Tele)visions 39
Catfish and Coltrane: A Conversation About Making a Homesite 55
Works 64
Omoide no Shotokyo: Remembering Old Little Tokyo 68
Desert House with Cactus 74
Ugly and Ordinary: The Representation of the Everyday 75
Tom's Garden 107
Toilets 120
Toward a Theory of Normative Architecture 122
Gecekondu 153
A Visit to WomEnhouse 166
Georgian Jail Cages 180
The Levittown Look 182
The Everyday Today: Experience and Ideology 191
The Everyday and the Utopian 195
Family Values (Honey, I'm Home) 217
Thoughts on the Everyday 222
Winterhouse 227
Contributors 228
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