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Built upon Love: Architectural Longing after Ethics and Aesthetics
     

Built upon Love: Architectural Longing after Ethics and Aesthetics

by Alberto Pérez-Gómez
 
In Built upon Love Alberto Perez-Gomez uncovers the relationship between love and architecture in order to find the points of contact between poetics and ethics-between the architect's wish to design a beautiful world and architecture's imperative to provide a better place for society. The forced polarity between form and function in considerations of

Overview

In Built upon Love Alberto Perez-Gomez uncovers the relationship between love and architecture in order to find the points of contact between poetics and ethics-between the architect's wish to design a beautiful world and architecture's imperative to provide a better place for society. The forced polarity between form and function in considerations of architecture-opposing art to social interests, ethics to poetic expression-obscures the deep connections between ethical and poetical values in architectural tradition. Architecture, writes Perez-Gomez, has been, and must continue to be, built upon love. Modernity has rightly rejected past architectural excesses, but, he argues, the materialistic and technological alternatives it proposes do not answer satisfactorily the complex desire that defines humanity. True architecture is concerned with far more than fashionable form, affordable homes, and sustainable development; it responds to a desire for an eloquent place to dwell-one that lovingly provides a sense of order resonant with our dreams.

About the Author:
Alberto Perez-Gomez is Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of the History of Architecture at McGill University

Editorial Reviews

Canadian Architect

It is as if the author has created a gathering of characters from history (Ficino, Vico, Piranesi, and others who advocated a poetic vision of architecture) outside of time. The book's riveting moments stem from the author's intimate rapport with them.

From the Publisher
"It is as if the author has created a gathering of characters from history (Ficino, Vico, Piranesi, and others who advocated a poetic vision of architecture) outside of time. The book's riveting moments stem from the author's intimate rapport with them." Canadian Architect

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262162388
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Juhani Pallasmaa

In Built upon Love, Pérez-Gómez traces the mythological and historical role of eros and philia in the making and experiencing of architecture. He shows convincingly and poetically that architecture arises not from utility and reason, practicality and technique, but from the desire to sensualize and poeticize the human condition. His erudite narrative helps us understand the essence of architectural pleasure and its origins in the longing for beauty. This book is an important antidote to today's over-intellectualized theories of architecture, alienated from life, and to the formalist and self-centered architecture of our time.

Karsten Harries

Built Upon Love adds yet another footnote to Plato, more specifically to the Symposium. But what a footnote it is! Informed by an extraordinary understanding of both the history of building and the history of ideas, it reminds us that, to the extent that architecture allows itself to be ruled by the material and political realities of our technological world, it loses sight of the bittersweet love that alone can ground both the ethics and the poetics of architecture.

David Leatherbarrow

In this book, as in Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science, Pérez-Gómez rewrites the history of architecture. His aim is not to replace reason with desire; instead, it is to show the insufficiency of the former and the unacknowledged importance of the latter for the making of good architecture. While showing the links between desire, friendship, and responsibility in human affairs, he unveils the ways architecture builds culture by giving material and spatial definition to those relationships. His learning is deep, his writing is passionate, and his message is profoundly humane.

From the Publisher
"In *Built upon Love*, Pérez-Gómez traces the mythological and historical role of *eros* and *philia* in the making and experiencing of architecture. He shows convincingly and poetically that architecture arises not from utility and reason,practicality and technique, but from the desire to sensualize and poeticize the human condition. His erudite narrative helps us understand the essence of architectural pleasure and its origins in the longing for beauty. This book is an important antidote to today's over-intellectualized theories of architecture,alienated from life, and to the formalist and self-centered architecture of our time."—Juhani Pallasmaa, architect, former Professor of Architecture, Helsinki University of Technology, and author of *The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses*Please note: Title and affiliation changed.

"*Built Upon Love* adds yet another footnote to Plato, more specifically to the *Symposium*. But what a footnote it is! Informed by an extraordinary understanding of both the history of building and the history of ideas, it reminds us that, to the extent that architecture allows itself to be ruled by the material and political realities of our technological world, it loses sight of the bittersweet love that alone can ground both the ethics and the poetics of architecture."—Karsten Harries, Professor of Philosophy, Yale University

"Alberto Pérez-Gómez is one of that rare and endangered species - the Renaissance intellectual who can draw deeply from the wells of ancient wisdom while critically engaging with the modern humanist sciences. This book is testimony to a brilliant imagination in action, treading a daring tightrope between the competing demands of ethics and poetics."—Richard Kearney, Charles Seelig Professor in Philosophy, Boston College, and Visiting Professor of Philosophy, University College Dublin

Richard Kearney

Alberto Pérez-Gómez is one of that rare and endangered species -- the Renaissance intellectual who can draw deeply from the wells of ancient wisdom while critically engaging with the modern humanist sciences. This book is testimony to a brilliant imagination in action, treading a daring tightrope between the competing demands of ethics and poetics.

Meet the Author

Alberto Pérez Gómez directs the History and Theory of Architecture Program at McGill University, where he is Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of the History of Architecture. He is the author of Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science, Built upon Love: Architectural Longing after Ethics and Aesthetics (both published by the MIT Press), and other books.

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