Architecture Theory since 1968

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In the discussion of architecture, there is a prevailing sentiment that,since 1968, cultural production in its traditional sense can no longer be understood to rise spontaneously, as a matter of social course, but must now be constructed through ever more self-conscious theoretical procedures. The development of interpretive modes of various stripes—post-structuralist, Marxian,phenomenological, psychoanalytic, as well as others dissenting or eccentric—has given scholars a range of tools for rethinking architecture in relation to other fields and for reasserting architectures general importance in intellectual discourse.This anthology presents forty-seven of the primary texts of architecture theory, introducing each with an explication of the concepts and categories necessary for its understanding and evaluation. It also presents twelve documents of projects or events that had major theoretical repercussions for the period. Several of the essays appear here in English for the first time.Contributors : Diana Agrest,Stanford Anderson, Archizoom, George Baird, Jennifer Bloomer, Massimo Cacciari,Jean-Louis Cohen, Beatriz Colomina, Alan Colquhoun, Maurice Culot, Jacques Derrida,Ignasi de Solá-Morales, Peter Eisenman, Robin Evans, Michel Foucault, Kenneth Frampton, Mario Gandelsonas, Frank Gehry, Jürgen Habermas, John Hejduk, Denis Hollier, Bernard Huet, Catherine Ingraham, Fredric Jameson, Charles A. Jencks,Jeffrey Kipnis, Fred Koetter, Rem Koolhaas, Leon Krier, Sanford Kwinter, Henri Lefebvre, Daniel Libeskind, Mary McLeod, Alberto Pérez-Gómez, José Quetglas, Aldo Rossi, Colin Rowe, Massimo Scolari, Denise Scott Brown, Robert Segrest, Jorge Silvetti, Robert Somol, Martin Steinmann, Robert A. M. Stern, James Stirling,Manfredo Tafuri, Georges Teyssot, Bernard Tschumi, Anthony Vidler, Paul Virilio,Mark Wigley.

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"Hays has done architectural discourse a great service.... this collection insistently raises important questions and helps us elucidate problems that might not have otherwise occurred to us." John Biln, Architecture"If his masterwork becomes universally adopted by schools of architecture, Hays may yet reverse the current situation where it is rare to find two architects in the same room who have read anything in common at all." Isabel Allen, Architects Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262581882
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Columbia Books of Architecture Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 824
  • Sales rank: 987,262
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.75 (d)

Meet the Author

K. Michael Hays is Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. In 2000 he was appointed the first Adjunct Curator at the Whitney Museum for American Art. He is the author, among other books, of Modern Architecture and the Posthumanist Subject (1995) and the editor of Architecture Theory since 1968 (2000), both published by the MIT Press.

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Table of Contents

Toward a Critique of Architectural Ideology 2
'La Dimension Amoureuse' in Architecture 36
No-Stop City 56
Learning from Pop 60
Cemetery of San Cataldo, Modena 68
Introduction to Five Architects 72
Wall House 86
From Collage City, manuscript in circulation from 1973; published 1978 88
Linguistics in Architecture 112
The New Architecture and the Avant-Garde 124
L'Architecture dans le Boudoir: The Language of Criticism and the Criticism of Language 146
From The Production of Space (English translation 1991) 174
Architectural Metaphors 190
Design versus Non-Design 198
The Architectural Paradox 214
The Architecture of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts 230
Post-Functionalism 234
Gray Architecture as Post-Modernism, or, Up and Down from Orthodoxy 240
Reality as History: Notes for a Discussion of Realism in Architecture 246
Formalism - Realism 254
The Beauty of Shadows 262
The Third Typology 284
Heterotopias and the History of Spaces 296
Post-Modern Architecture 306
Neue Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart 318
Life in the Metropolis 320
From Bricolage to Myth, or How to Put Humpty-Dumpty Together Again 332
The Only Path for Architecture 348
School at Quentin-en-Yvellnes 356
The Status of Man and the Status of His Objects: A Reading of The Human Condition 358
Gehry House, Santa Monica, California 378
Loss of Synthesis: Mies's Pavilion 382
Eupalinos or Architecture 392
The Manhattan Transcripts 408
Modern and Postmodern Architecture 412
Space, Knowledge, and Power 428
Architecture and the Critique of Ideology 440
Introduction to Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science 462
Chamber Works 476
In Front of Lines That Leave Nothing Behind 480
Architectural Design as a System of Research Programs 490
The Italophiles at Work 506
The End of the Classical: The End of the Beginning, the End of the End 522
The Overexposed City 540
The Perimeter Projects: Notes for Design 552
Point de folie - Maintenant l'architecture 566
Moving Arrows, Eros and Other Errors: An Architecture of Absence 582
La Citta Nuova: Modernity and Continuity 586
Weak Architecture 614
L'Esprit Nouveau: Architecture and Publicite 624
The Burdens of Linearity: Donkey Urbanism 642
The Translation of Architecture, the Production of Babel 658
Deconstructivist Architecture 676
Architecture and Politics in the Reagan Era: From Postmodernism to Deconstructivism 678
Bibliotheque de France, Paris 704
Twisting the Separatrix 708
From The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely 744
Abodes of Theory and Flesh: Tabbles of Bower 758
One or Several Masters? 780
Index 802
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