The New Architectural Pragmatism: A Harvard Design Magazine Readerby William S. Saunders
Pub. Date: 12/04/2007
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
In response to the contentious process surrounding the selection of a design for the World Trade Center site, the use of spectacular buildings to brand cities and institutions, and the dizzying transformations of the skylines of Shanghai and Dubai, public awareness of architecture and design has perhaps never been higher. At the same time, architecture itself is
In response to the contentious process surrounding the selection of a design for the World Trade Center site, the use of spectacular buildings to brand cities and institutions, and the dizzying transformations of the skylines of Shanghai and Dubai, public awareness of architecture and design has perhaps never been higher. At the same time, architecture itself is undergoing an identity crisis as it confronts fundamental issues: the effect of digital technology on design, the pervasive impact of global capitalism, and whether to embrace or resist popular media and taste.
The New Architectural Pragmatism collects the most provocative, penetrating, and influential attempts by leading theorists and practitioners in the field to define what architectural practice should be at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Written in the aftermath of modernism’s utopian impulse and postmodernism’s detached playfulness, the essays gathered here express and critique a new spirit of cultural and political engagement with contemporary society.
Interrogating the architect’s social responsibility, the contributors deliberate about how much we should ask of architecture and suggest that in the coming century, architecture must be at once flexible and robust, responsive and self-directed.
Contributors: Stan Allen; George Baird; Lucy Bullivant; James Corner; Hal Foster; Kenneth Frampton; K. Michael Hays; Dave Hickey; Robert Levit; Evonne Levy; Reinhold Martin; Jorge Silvetti; Robert Somol; Philippe Starck; Roemer van Toorn; Sarah Whiting; Alejandro Zaera-Polo.
William S. Saunders is editor of Harvard Design Magazine and assistant dean for external relations at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He is the editor of four previous Harvard Design Magazine Readers, published by Minnesota.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: Accept, Resist, or Inflect? Architecture and Contemporary Capitalism William S. Saunders vii
A Scientific Autobiography, 1982-2004: Madrid, Harvard, OMA, the AA, Yokohama, the Globe Alejandro Zaera-Polo 1
Notes around the Doppler Effect and Other Moods of Modernism Robert Somol Sarah Whiting 22
Starck Speaks: Politics, Pleasure, and Play Philippe Starck 34
P.S./P.C.: On "Starck Speaks" K. Michael Hays 49
No More Dreams? The Passion for Reality in Recent Dutch Architecture... and Its Limitations Roemer van Toorn 54
No More Tabula Rasa: Progressive Architectural Practices in England Lucy Bullivant 75
Not Unlike Life Itself: Landscape Strategy Now James Corner 89
On Not Being Governed Dave Hickey 94
Stocktaking 2004: Questions about the Present and Future of Design Stan Allen Hal Foster Kenneth Frampton 101
"Criticality" and Its Discontents George Baird 136
Critical of What? Toward a Utopian Realism Reinhold Martin 150
Design Will Save the World! On Bruce Mau's Massive Change and the Mediatization of Culture Robert Levit Evonne Levy 162
The Muses Are Not Amused: Pandemonium in the House of Architecture Jorge Silvetti 176
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