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    DescriptionArchitecture depends -- on what? On people, time, politics, ethics, mess: the real world. Architecture, Jeremy Till argues with conviction in this engaging, sometimes pugnacious book, cannot help itself; it is dependent for its very existence on things outside itself. Despite the claims of autonomy, purity, and control that architects like to make about their practice, architecture is buffeted by uncertainty and contingency. Circumstances invariably intervene to upset the architect's best-laid plans -- at every stage in the process, from design through construction to occupancy. Architects, however, tend to deny this, fearing contingency and preferring to pursue perfection. With Architecture Depends, architect and critic Jeremy Till offers a proposal for rescuing architects from themselves: a way to bridge the gap between what architecture actually is and what architects want it to be. Mixing anecdote, design, social theory, and personal experience, Till's writing is always accessible, moving freely between high and low registers, much like his suggestions for architecture itself.


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    Title
    Architecture Depends
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jeremy Till
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 621 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262012539
    ISBN 10: 0262012537
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 130
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    Libri: I-AR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15850
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: ARC005000, ARC001000
    BIC subject category V2: AMA
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: ARC010000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: ARC019000, ARC015000
    DC22: 720.1
    B&T Approval Code: A05060000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: NA2540 .T55 2009
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: AMA
    Illustrations note
    23 b&w illus.
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    31 March 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Jeremy Till is Head of Central St Martins/Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London, and a partner at Sarah Wigglesworth Architects. Their projects include the pioneering 9 Stock Orchard Street (The Strawbale House and Quilted Office), winner of multiple awards. He represented Britain at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale.
    Review quote
    "Boldly and elegantly, Architecture Depends asserts that architecture is absolutely dependent upon the 'contingent', difficult and perverse factors that architects have long tried to ignore in an effort to be pure, self-important and professional...What Till's book achieves is to set out with great clarity the territory in which the debate around future action must take place." Robert Mull Architects" Journal " Architecture Depends is an attempt to save the profession from itself and a manifesto for an architecture that acknowledges its relationship with the world and its duty to others...This is a brave, enjoyable, affirming and important book and I actually felt sad to have finished it." Flora Samuel, Times Higher Education (Book of the Week) "The book performs a wonderful contextualizing function, making architectural intervention, from idea to event, depend on the wide range of human habits and spheres of influence that we normally sum up as "the world"." Lucas Freeman Scapegoat "This is a brave, enjoyable, affirming and important book and I actually felt sad to have finished it." Flora Samuel Times Higher Education "Thought-provoking and important... Architecture Depends raises the question of the relationship of architecture and life to a new level." Anni Vartola Arkkitehti (Finland) "Till's book is about the world he knows and how one conveys ideas behind architecture. It is a superbly written, frequently fascinating set of arguments that will support architects who wish to use the messy stuff of life for their own advantage." Tim Abrahams Blueprint