Fragmentary Vision: Architecture and the Unfinished

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Reflections on fragments, the unfinished, and the provisional in architecture from 1700 to 2005, published in honor of Robin Middleton.

From the first treatise on architecture in antiquity, wholeness and finality were among the chief aspirations of architects, both in individual designs and in formulating a theory of architecture. But this ideal, honed and debated from the ...
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Overview

Reflections on fragments, the unfinished, and the provisional in architecture from 1700 to 2005, published in honor of Robin Middleton.

From the first treatise on architecture in antiquity, wholeness and finality were among the chief aspirations of architects, both in individual designs and in formulating a theory of architecture. But this ideal, honed and debated from the Renaissance, was shattered both deliberately and unavoidably in the modern era.

In twenty-one essays ranging from the practices of the mid-eighteenth century to the contemporary work of Frank Gehry, the essays assembled here explore the architectural effects and the philosophical implications of fragmentation in architecture. The terrain ranges from the picturesque gardens of eighteenth-century England and France, via the town planning of the eighteenth, to Sir John Soane's interiors, to culminate in the work of several twentieth-century masters of the poetic fragment: Le Corbusier, Carlo Scarpa, Louis Kahn, and Frank Gehry.

Authors who have contributed to this volume in honor of Robin Middleton on his retirement from Columbia University include Neil Levine, Peter Carl, Dalibor Vesely, John Dixon Hunt, David Watkin, Philippe Duboy, Eileen Harris, Sylvia Lavin, and Kenneth Frampton. 120 illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500342145
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 6/26/2006
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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Authors who have contributed to this volume in honor of Robin Middleton on his retirement from Columbia University include Neil Levine, Peter Carl, Dalibor Vesely, John Dixon Hunt, David Watkin, Philippe Duboy, Eileen Harris, Sylvia Lavin, and Kenneth Frampton.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : the matter of fragmentation : a homage to Robin Middleton 11
On depth : particular and universal, fragment and field 23
The nature of the modern fragment and the sense of wholeness 43
'LA coi RELama-pre-fer en sac-OSE-deux Sa-fine S aid SONEC-LA' 57
The fragmented landscape of Robin Middleton's New York dwelling/study : photography by Perry Ogden 73
Discord and dissonance in Robert Adam's interiors 91
Fragmenting Adam's Charlotte Square, Edinburgh 97
Order out of chaos : Soane's law courts as a paradigm for architecture in the age of historicism 109
Soane, Turner, and the matter of fragmentation 123
The Deepdene : 'grotesque and confused'? 139
The Jaus-head figure of Greek-gothic ... fragments in the (never ending) story of modern architecture's search for identity 149
'Il faut ruiner un palais ...' : fragments and human nature in Julien-David Leroy's Lee Ruines de plus beaux monuments de la Grece 183
A bourgeois family puts its cathedral in order : a fictive debate on Notre-Dame in the Journel de Paris in 1780 197
'... en general de tres honnetes rebelles' : fragmentary notes on a recently discovered album of French romantic architectural compositions 209
Fragmentation, multiplication, permutation : natural histories and Sylvan aesthetics from Bacon to Evelyn 233
From Eden to the Seraglio : Louis Carrogis de Carmontelle's Jardin de Monceau and the persiflage of the picturesque 245
'The question opened by the picturesque' : fragments and fractures in picturesque criticism and historiography 267
From Dutch Brazil to the West Indies : the paper image of the ideal sugar plantation 275
'Order in the details', 'tumult in the whole'? : composition and fragmentation in Le Corbusier's architecture 291
The architecture of the unfinished and the example of Louis Kahn 323
Twelve heads are better than one 343
Goldfinger's Terrace at Willow Road, Hampstead 353
Notes on the fragmentary architecture of Carlo Scarpa 365
Bibliography : Robin David Middleton : scholarly and critical publications, 1959-2005 385
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