Toward A Minor Architecture

Toward A Minor Architecture

by Jill Stoner

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ISBN-13: 9780262517645
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 03/09/2012
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jill Stoner is Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Until recently a practicing architect, she has been the recipient of numerous national and international design awards. Her first book, Poems for Architects, explores contemporary spatial and architectural themes through an anthology of twentieth-century poems.

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Eric Cesal

For all architects who are wondering what avenues of creation are still possible in a post-recession landscape, Jill Stoner's Toward a Minor Architecture offers a thoughtful plan through which old, abandoned failures are the canvas on which new, adventurous architecture can be painted.

Dolores Hayden

Jill Stoner's intriguing new book proposes 'a more politicized practice of architecture.' Her readings of twentieth century fiction from Franz Kafka to John Cheever and Raymond Carver forge new interpretations of built space while transcending conventional categories such as regionalism or style. Toward a Minor Architecture will appeal to every architect with its literary reexamination of the profession's purpose and direction.

Kathy Mezei

In the tradition of the Poetics of Space and The Architectural Uncanny, Jill Stoner's fascinating tour (de force) of modern architectural spaces draws on literature and philosophy to offer us a radical, lyrical, and refreshingly hopeful re-visioning of the modern cityscape of late capitalism.

Endorsement

Countless references to spatial considerations in literature make Jill Stoner's case for an architecture—or rather for architectural acts—of inhabitation, usurpation, appropriation and change. Such active engagement with space has never been part of the official canon of masterpieces and major works, but comes from resistance to established systems of thought and patterns of use. Kafka, Benjamin, T.S. Eliot, Cheever, Borges and many others are Jill Stoner's companions and witnesses on her meandering journey.

Dietrich Neumann, Royce Family Professor for the History of Modern Architecture and Urban Studies, Brown University

From the Publisher

"Jill Stoner's intriguing new book proposes 'a more politicized practice of architecture.' Her readings of twentieth century fiction from Franz Kafka to John Cheever and Raymond Carver forge new interpretations of built space while transcending conventional categories such as regionalism or style. Toward a Minor Architecture will appeal to every architect with its literary reexamination of the profession's purpose and direction."-Dolores Hayden, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, Yale University, author of The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History.

"This is an exciting and intellectually bold book. Interweaving architecture and literature, using literature to address space not through the primacy of vision but through the complexities of language, Toward a Minor Architecture offers us a new way of seeing architecture, insides and outsides, space and power, in terms of openings as much as closures."-Elizabeth Grosz, Rutgers University

"In the tradition of the Poetics of Space and The Architectural Uncanny, Jill Stoner's fascinating tour (de force) of modern architectural spaces draws on literature and philosophy to offer us a radical, lyrical, and refreshingly hopeful re-visioning of the modern cityscape of late capitalism."-Kathy Mezei, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Humanities, Simon Fraser University

"For all architects who are wondering what avenues of creation are still possible in a post-recession landscape, Jill Stoner's Toward a Minor Architecture offers a thoughtful plan through which old, abandoned failures are the canvas on which new, adventurous architecture can be painted."-Eric Cesal, author of Down Detour Road

"Countless references to spatial considerations in literature make Jill Stoner's case for an architecture — or rather for architectural acts — of inhabitation, usurpation, appropriation and change. Such active engagement with space has never been part of the official canon of masterpieces and major works, but comes from resistance to established systems of thought and patterns of use. Kafka,Benjamin, T.S. Eliot, Cheever, Borges and many others are Jill Stoner's companions and witnesses on her meandering journey."-Dietrich Neumann, Royce Family Professor for the History of Modern Architecture and Urban Studies, Brown University

Elizabeth Grosz

This is an exciting and intellectually bold book. Interweaving architecture and literature, using literature to address space not through the primacy of vision but through the complexities of language, Toward a Minor Architecture offers us a new way of seeing architecture, insides and outsides, space and power, in terms of openings as much as closures.

Dietrich Neumann

Countless references to spatial considerations in literature make Jill Stoner's case for an architecture—or rather for architectural acts—of inhabitation, usurpation, appropriation and change. Such active engagement with space has never been part of the official canon of masterpieces and major works, but comes from resistance to established systems of thought and patterns of use. Kafka, Benjamin, T.S. Eliot, Cheever, Borges and many others are Jill Stoner's companions and witnesses on her meandering journey.

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