Architecture and Modernity: A Critique / Edition 1

Architecture and Modernity: A Critique / Edition 1

by Hilde Heynen
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Architecture and Modernity: A Critique / Edition 1

In this exploration of the relationship between modernity, dwelling, and architecture, Hilde Heynen attempts to bridge the gap between the discourse of the modern movement and cultural theories of modernity. On one hand, she discusses architecture from the perspective of critical theory, and on the other, she modifies positions within critical theory by linking them with architecture. She assesses architecture as a cultural field that structures daily life and that embodies major contradictions inherent in modernity, arguing that architecture nonetheless has a certain capacity to adopt a critical stance vis-à-vis modernity.

Besides presenting a theoretical discussion of the relation between architecture, modernity, and dwelling, the book provides architectural students with an introduction to the discourse of critical theory. The subchapters on Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno, and the Venice School (Tafuri, Dal Co, Cacciari) can be studied independently for this purpose.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262581899
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Introduction 2(6)
Architecture Facing Modernity
Concepts of Modernity
Dwelling fades into the Distance
The Dilemmas of Architecture
Constructing the Modern Movement
An Architectural Avant-Garde?
Sigfried Giedion: A Programmatic View of Modernity
New Experiences and a New Outlook
Space, Time and Architecture: The Canon of Modern Architecture
From Avant-Garde to Canonization
Das Neue Frankfurt: The Search for a Unified Culture
Ideas and Intentions
The Dialectics between an Avant-Garde and a City
Das Neue Frankfurt as Avant-Garde
Reflections in a Mirror
The Experience of Rupture
Adolf Loss: The Broken Continuation of Tradition
Dwelling, Culture, and Modernity
An Architecture of Differences
Discontinuous Continuity
Walter Benjamin: The Dream of a Classless Society
Mimesis and Experience
To Brush History against the Grain
Architecture or the Physiognomy of an Era
Dwelling, Transparency, Exteriority
Architecture, Modernity, and Dwelling
Building on Hollow Space: Ernst Bloch's Criticism of Modern Architecture
Heimat as a Utopian Category
Washable Walls and Houses like Ships
Modernism as a Breaking Point within the Capitalist System
The Venice School, or the Diagnosis of Negative Thought
Architecture and Utopia
The Metropolis and Negative Thought
Dwelling and the "Places" of Modernity
History as Critique of Ideology
Architecture as Critique of Modernity
Avant-Garde versus Modernism
New Babylon: The Antinomies of Utopia
Unitary Urbanism and the Critique of Functionalism
New Babylon: The Antithesis of the Society of Lies
The Tragedy of Utopia
No Way Out: Adorno's Aesthetic Theory
Constellating the Nonidentical
Modernity as the Unfolding of the Dialectic of Enlightenment
Mimesis and Negativity
The Dual Character of Art
Mimesis in Architecture
Mimesis in Contemporary Theory
The Issue of Critique
Between the Lines
A Tower of Babel
Afterword: Dwelling, Mimesis, Culture 220(6)
Notes 226(34)
Index 260

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