Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture:: An Anthology of Architectural Theory 1965 - 1995 / Edition 1

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Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture: An Anthology of ArchitecturalTheory collects in a single volume the most significant essays on architectural theory of the last thirty years.

A dynamic period of reexamination of the discipline, the postmodern eraproduced widely divergent and radical viewpoints on issues of making, meaning, history, and the city. Among the paradigms presented arearchitectural postmodernism, phenomenology, semiotics, poststructuralism, deconstruction, and feminism.

By gathering these influential articles from a vast array of books and journals into a comprehensive anthology, Kate Nesbitt has created a resource of great value. Indispensable to professors and students of architecture and architectural theory, Theorizing a New Agenda also serves practitioners and the general public, as Nesbitt provides an overview, a thematic structure, and a critical introduction to each essay.

The list of authors in Theorizing a New Agenda reads like a "Who's Who" of contemporary architectural thought: Tadao Ando, Giulio Carlo Argan, Alan Colquhoun, Jacques Derrida, Peter Eisenman, Marco Frascari, Kenneth Frampton, Diane Ghirardo, Vittorio Gregotti, Karsten Harries, Rem Koolhaas, Christian Norberg-Schulz, Aldo Rossi, Colin Rowe, Thomas Schumacher, Ignasi de Sol-Morales Rubi, Bernard Tschumi, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, and Anthony Vidler. A bibliography and notes on all the contributors are also included.

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This is a thorough and comprehensive introduction to a small but challenging field of intellectual endeavor. Colin Davies, Architects' Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568980546
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,557,995
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 10
Preface 12
Introduction 16
Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture: Selections from a Forthcoming Book (1965) 72
Post-Functionalism (1976) 78
A Case for Figurative Architecture (1982) 84
The Relevance of Classical Architecture (1989) 91
New Directions in Modern American Architecture: Postscript at the Edge of Modernism (1977) 98
Semiotics and Architecture: Ideological Consumption or Theoretical Work (1973) 110
A Plain Man's Guide to the Theory of Signs in Architecture (1977) 122
Architecture Where Desire Can Live (1986) 142
Architecture and Limits I (1980) 150
Architecture and Limits II (1981) 156
Architecture and Limits III (1981) 162
Introduction: Notes Towards a Theory of Architectural Disjunction (1988) 169
Architecture and the Problem of the Rhetorical Figure (1987) 174
Derrida and Beyond (1988) 182
Three Kinds of Historicism (1983) 200
The End of the Classical: The End of the Beginning, the End of the End (1984) 211
From Contrast to Analogy: Developments in the Concept of Architectural Intervention (1985) 228
On the Typology of Architecture (1963) 240
Typology and Design Method (1967) 248
The Third Typology (1976) 258
Collage City (1975) 266
Contextualism: Urban Ideals and Deformations (1971) 294
A Significance for A&P Parking Lots or Learning from Las Vegas (1968) 308
Postscript: Introduction for New Research "the Contemporary City" (1988) 322
Toward the Contemporary City (1989) 326
Beyond Delirious (1993) 331
Territory and Architecture (1985) 338
An Analogical Architecture (1976) 345
Thoughts About My Recent Work (1976) 354
Problems in the Form of a Conclusion (1980) 360
Communitarianism and Emotivism: Two Rival Views of Ethics and Architecture (1993) 370
The Architecture of Deceit (1984) 384
The Ethical Function of Architecture (1975) 392
Design, Ecology, Ethics, and the Making of Things (1993) 398
The Hannover Principles (1992) 408
The Phenomenon of Place (1976) 412
Heidegger's Thinking on Architecture (1983) 429
On Reading Heidegger (1974) 440
The Geometry of Feeling: A Look at the Phenomenology of Architecture (1986) 447
Toward New Horizons in Architecture (1991) 456
Negation and Reconciliation (1982) 462
Prospects for a Critical Regionalism (1983) 468
Why Critical Regionalism Today? (1990) 483
The Exercise of Detailing (1983) 494
The Tell-the-Tale Detail (1984) 498
Rappel a l'ordre, the Case for the Tectonic (1990) 516
The Pleasure of Architecture (1977) 530
Architecture from Without: Body, Logic, and Sex (1988) 541
Visions' Unfolding: Architecture in the Age of Electronic Media (1992) 554
En Terror Firma: In Trails of Grotextes (1988) 564
Theorizing the Unhomely (1990) 572
Notes on Contributors 577
Illustration Sources 584
Bibliography 585
Index 591
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2000


    boring. i thought this was going to be about a NEW agenda for architecture, not just recycling old theory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2000

    holy schnikeys!

    bam! the ideas contained within this book knocked me over like a Mack truck. it blew my socks off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2000

    brilliant, smashing, sensational

    i just got done reading it and my head has become a whirlwind of ideas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2000

    Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture: An Anthology of Architectural Theory, 1965-1995

    i can't get enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2000

    Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture: An Anthology of Architectural Theory, 1965-1995

    i just finished page 608 and i'm ready for 608 more! nesbitt ups the ante for books on postmodern architectural theory.

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