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    DescriptionMore than ever, architectural design is seen as a means to promote commercial goals rather than as an end in itself. Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, for example, simply cannot be considered apart from its intended role as a catalyst for the economic revitalization of Bilbao and its ability to attract tourist dollars, regardless of its architectural merits. A built environment intended to seduce consumers is more likely to offer instant gratification than to invite independent thought and reflection. But how harmful, if at all, is this unprecedented commercialization of architecture? Framed with a provocative introduction by Kenneth Frampton, the contributions to "Commodification and Spectacle in Architecture" stake out a variety of positions in the debate over the extent to which it is possible--or desirable--to escape from, resist, or suggest plausible alternatives to the dominant culture of consumer capitalism. Rejecting any dreamy nostalgia for an idealized present or past in which design is completely divorced from commerce--and, in some cases, celebrating the pleasures of spectacle--the individual essays range from indictments of particular architects and critiques of the profession to broader concerns about what the phenomenon of commodification means for the practice of democracy and the health of society. Bringing together an impressive and varied group of critics and practitioners, "Commodification and Spectacle in Architecture" will help to sharpen the discussion of how design can respond to our hypercommodified culture. Contributors: Michael Benedikt, Luis Fernandez-Galiano, Thomas Frank, Kevin Ervin Kelley, Daniel Naegele, Rick Poynor, Michael Sorkin, Wouter Vanstiphout. William S. Saunders is editor of "Harvard Design Magazine" and assistant dean for external relations at the Harvard Design School. He is the author of "Modern Architecture: Photographs by Ezra Stoller." Kenneth Frampton is Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and author of many books, including "Labour, Work, and Architecture."


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    Title
    Commodification and Spectacle in Architecture
    Authors and contributors
    Text by William S. Saunders, Introduction by Kenneth Frampton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 152
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780816647521
    ISBN 10: 0816647526
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    BISAC V2.8: ARC011000
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    Libri: I-AR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15850
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: ARC001000
    BIC subject category V2: AMA
    DC22: 720.103
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 720.1
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: AMA
    Publisher
    University of Minnesota Press
    Imprint name
    University of Minnesota Press
    Publication date
    01 November 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Minneapolis