Maintenance Architecture

Maintenance Architecture

by Hilary Sample

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ISBN-13: 9780262535267
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Series: The MIT Press
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,281,256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Hilary Sample is a Principal at MOS, Associate Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture Planning, and Preservation, and author of Maintenance Architecture (MIT Press).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 Maintenance and the Urban Image

Rockefeller Center, Raymond Hood, 1939

Façade of Pharos Building, Vanessa van Dam, 2002

Capturing Cleanliness

Lever House, 50M, 1952

Appliance House, Jennifer Bclande, 1998-1999

La Notte, Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961

Sears Tower, SOM, 1973

Corporate Materiality and Self-Maintenance: Alcoa, U.S. Steel, and PPG

Union Carbide Headquarters, Natalie de Blois/SOM, 1962

The Louvre Pyramid, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, 1989

2 Cleaning and the Politics of Labor

"Manifesto for Maintenance Art," Mierle Laderman Ukeles, 1969 On Maintenance

Crystal Palace, Sir Joseph Paxton, 1851

White Wings, Department of Street Cleaning, New York, 1930

Flats at Rue des Amiraux, Henri Sauvage, 1925

Centre Pompidou Competition, Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, 1977

Neue Nationalgalerie, Ludwig Mies van der Robe, 1968

Desire

Le Baiser/The Kiss, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, 1999

3 Visualizing Decay

Koolhaas Houselife, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, 2008

Madeness

Morning Cleaning, Jeff Wait, 1999

Conical Intersect, Gordon Matta-Clark, 1975

Cleaning the Rieiveld Pavilion, Job Kodewijn, 1992

Cleaning the Drapes, Martha Rosier, 1967-1972

Ethics of Dust, Jorge Otero-Pailos, 2009

Dusty Relief, R&Sie(n), 2002

Usus/Usures, Rolor, 2010

4 Modernizing Maintenance

With Robots, Diego Trujillo Pisanty, 2010

The Domestication or Cleanliness

Befreites Wohnen, Sigfried Giedion, 1929

Cité de Refuge, Le Corbusier, 1929

The Dymaxion House, Buckminster Fuller, 1929

House of the Future, Alison and Peter Smithson, 1955-1956

The Squeegee, Ettre Steccone, 1936

Window-Washing Chairs, Anna Dormitzer from 1878

Self-Cleaning Glass, Pilkington Glass, 2001

Beijing National Aquatics Center, PTW Architects, 2008

GEKKO Facade and Clean Ant: Window-Washing Robots, 2009

5 Post-Occupancy and Alternate Architectural Futures

AM/PM: Sarah Morris, 1999

Endurance

Loomis House, William Lescaze, 1938

Unite d'Hahkaiion in Berlin, Le Corbusier, 1957

Yale Center for British Art, Louis Kahn, 1974

Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion, SANAA, 2006

Dutch Embassy in Berlin Pem koothaas/OMA, 2004

O-14, Reiser + Umemoto, 2010

I Feel Cold Today, Patrick Bermatchez 2007

Notes

Index

What People are Saying About This

Sylvia Lavin

Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown said that orthodox modern buildings look like ducks. What the pair didn't say is that it is not easy being a duck; they work really hard to look calm and cool on the surface.Hilary Sample's stunning visual essay on the care and feeding of modern buildings makes a brilliantly compelling case for the importance of those undetected efforts. In so doing, she has also pointed the way toward an unorthodox reimagining of the history of modern architecture.

Craig Buckley

Architects are rarely trained to think about problems of maintenance, let alone care about its definition. Maintenance Architecture aims to quietly demolish this habit of mind. Sample's attention to the labor of cleaning, polishing, scraping, patching, and painting insists that these performances are not supplemental but essential to the preservation of architecture's image as much as its physical and social substance.

David Leatherbarrow

The timing of this marvelous book couldn't be better.After decades of projects designed and discussed as the newest thing, we now have a study that faces the temporal reality of buildings without compromise: newness ends when inhabitation begins.Sample shows that the labor of construction is succeeded by the labor of remaking, of revitalization; indeed, of maintenance.Insofar as maintenance is a public concern—ranging from social justice to visible beauty—street cleaners and squeegees get their due, also works of art, and the topics that underpin current discussions of experimentation, performance, and sustainability.

From the Publisher

The timing of this marvelous book couldn't be better. After decades of projects designed and discussed as the newest thing, we now have a study that faces the temporal reality of buildings without compromise: newness ends when inhabitation begins. Sample shows that the labor of construction is succeeded by the labor of remaking, of revitalization; indeed, of maintenance. Insofar as maintenance is a public concern—ranging from social justice to visible beauty—street cleaners and squeegees get their due, also works of art, and the topics that underpin current discussions of experimentation, performance, and sustainability.

David Leatherbarrow , Professor & Chair of the Graduate Group in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania; coauthor of On Weathering

To read Sample's Maintenance Architecture is to receive an artful set of intimate postcards from the edge of architecture's cone of vision. It is a correspondence from the architect's laboratory of reality that we ignore at our peril: maintenance will unravel our best intentions, thwart our worst, make a mockery of the sanctity of the image and its delivery of aura, and rewire the circuitry that distributes power between architect, client, and building. Poignant and thoughtful, this book argues that, in our (futile) negotiations with time and entropy, maintenance maintains the last word in architecture. Cleaning the windows will never be the same again.

Francesca Hughes , Architectural Association School of Architecture; author of The Architecture of Error

Drawing attention to the labor and devices dedicated to the entropic battle to maintain architecture's idealized image, Sample's short and personal ruminations unravel familiar and often canonical architectural objects, re-rendering them with squeegee marks, hoover caresses, layers of dust, and the mist that passed barriers intended to control it. This book opens up a world of maintenance-intimacy to contemporary critical scrutiny and design.

Ana Miljacki , Associate Professor of Architecture, MIT

Architects are rarely trained to think about problems of maintenance, let alone care about its definition. Maintenance Architecture aims to quietly demolish this habit of mind. Sample's attention to the labor of cleaning, polishing, scraping, patching, and painting insists that these performances are not supplemental but essential to the preservation of architecture's image as much as its physical and social substance.

Craig Buckley , Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Architecture, Department of the History of Art, Yale University

Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown said that orthodox modern buildings look like ducks. What the pair didn't say is that it is not easy being a duck; they work really hard to look calm and cool on the surface. Hilary Sample's stunning visual essay on the care and feeding of modern buildings makes a brilliantly compelling case for the importance of those undetected efforts. In so doing, she has also pointed the way toward an unorthodox reimagining of the history of modern architecture.

Sylvia Lavin , Professor, UCLA; author of Form Follows Libido

Endorsement

Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown said that orthodox modern buildings look like ducks. What the pair didn't say is that it is not easy being a duck; they work really hard to look calm and cool on the surface.Hilary Sample's stunning visual essay on the care and feeding of modern buildings makes a brilliantly compelling case for the importance of those undetected efforts. In so doing, she has also pointed the way toward an unorthodox reimagining of the history of modern architecture.

Sylvia Lavin, Professor, UCLA; author of Form Follows Libido

Francesca Hughes

To read Sample's Maintenance Architecture is to receive an artful set of intimate postcards from the edge of architecture's cone of vision. It is a correspondence from the architect's laboratory of reality that we ignore at our peril: maintenance will unravel our best intentions, thwart our worst, make a mockery of the sanctity of the image and its delivery of aura, and rewire the circuitry that distributes power between architect, client, and building. Poignant and thoughtful, this book argues that, in our (futile) negotiations with time and entropy, maintenance maintains the last word in architecture. Cleaning the windows will never be the same again.

Ana Miljački

Drawing attention to the labor and devices dedicated to the entropic battle to maintain architecture's idealized image, Sample's short and personal ruminations unravel familiar and often canonical architectural objects, re-rendering them with squeegee marks, hoover caresses, layers of dust, and the mist that passed barriers intended to control it. This book opens up a world of maintenance-intimacy to contemporary critical scrutiny and design.

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