An Introduction to Architectural Theory

An Introduction to Architectural Theory : 1968 to the Present

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A sharp and lively text that covers issues in depth but not to the point that they become inaccessible to beginning students, An Introduction to Architectural Theory is the first narrative history of this period, charting the veritable revolution in architectural thinking that has taken place, as well as the implications of this intellectual upheaval. * The first comprehensive and critical history of architectural theory over the last fifty years * surveys the intellectual history of architecture since 1968, including criticisms of high modernism, the rise of postmodern and poststructural theory, critical regionalism and tectonics * Offers a comprehensive overview of the significant changes that architectural thinking has undergone in the past fifteen years * Includes an analysis of where architecture stands and where it will likely move in the coming years

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 16mm | 421.84g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1405180625
  • 9781405180627
  • 244,543

About Harry Francis Mallgrave

Harry Francis Mallgrave is Professor of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology, and has enjoyed a distinguished career as an award-winning scholar, translator, and architect. His most recent publications include The Architect's Brain (Wiley-Blackwell 2010), Modern Architectural Theory: A Historical Survey, 1673-1968, Architectural Theory Volume I: An Anthology from Vitruvius to 1870 (Wiley-Blackwell 2005) and, with co-editor Christina Contandriopoulos, Architectural Theory Volume II: An Anthology from 1871 to 2005 (Wiley-Blackwell 2008). David Goodman is Studio Assistant Professor of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology and is co-principal of R+D Studio. He has also taught architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and Boston Architectural College. His work has appeared in the journal Log, in the anthology Chicago Architecture: Histories, Revisions, Alternatives, and in the Northwestern University Press publication Walter Netsch: A Critical Appreciation and Sourcebook.

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"This book will provide a unique complement to several annotated anthologies covering this material... Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners; general readers." (Choice, 1 October 2011)

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"An Introduction to Architectural Theory" is the first comprehensive and critical history of architectural theory over the last forty years. Mallgrave employs the words theory and architecture in a broad sense--the latter encompassing aspects of urban planning, structural, and landscape design, while theory too is often indistinguishable from practice. The text surveys the intellectual history of architecture since 1968, including criticisms of high modernism, the rise of postmodern and poststructural theory, critical regionalism and tectonics, and the significant changes that architectural thinking has undergone in the past fifteen years, concluding with an analysis of where architecture stands and where it will likely move in the coming years. A sharp and lively text that covers issues in depth but not to the point that they become inaccessible to beginning students, "An Introduction to Architectural Theory" is the first narrative history of this period, charting the veritable revolution in architectural thinking that has taken place, as well as the implications of this intellectual upheaval.

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations viii Prelude: The 1960s 1 Technology and Ecology 3 Social Underpinnings of Modernism 6 1968 11 Part One: 1970s 15 1 Pars Destruens: 1968 1973 17 Venturi and Scott Brown 18 Rossi and Tafuri 23 The Milan Triennale 27 The IAUS and the New York Five 30 2 The Crisis of Meaning 37 Semiotics and Architecture 39 Five on Five 43 Gray and White 45 Variations on a Theme 48 3 Early Postmodernism 53 The Language of Postmodernism 54 Consummation in Venice 57 European Counterpoints 59 4 Modernism Abides 65 The Chicago High-Rise 65 German Engineering 70 British Renaissance 74 Post-Metabolism in Japan 79 The Special Case of Alexander 85 Part Two: 1980s 89 5 Postmodernism and Critical Regionalism 91 Postmodernism Further Defined 91 Postmodernism Opposed 94 Critical Regionalism and Phenomenology 97 Merida and Venice 102 6 Traditionalism and New Urbanism 108 The Prince of Architecture 108 The Paternoster Controversy 111 Toward a New Urbanism 115 7 Gilded Age of Theory 123 Poststructural Theory 123 Poststructural Architecture 129 Eisenman and Tschumi 131 8 Deconstruction 141 Postmodernism Undefined 142 Gehry 146 The 68ers Come of Age 149 a devious architecture 154 Part Three: 1990s and Present 159 9 Wake of the Storm 161 Fragments of Fragments 161 From Derrida to Deleuze 164 Geometry and Autonomy 167 The End of the Figure: Manipulated Grounds 171 Form without Rhetoric 174 10 Pragmatism and Post-Criticality 177 OMA 177 The Orange Revolution 185 Post-Criticality 192 11 Minimalisms 194 Materiality and Effects 195 Neo-modernism 205 Phenomenological Architecture 210 12 Sustainability and Beyond 215 The Green Movement 217 McDonough and Yeang 218 Green Urbanism 223 Biophilic Design 226 Neuroaesthetics 229 Notes 231 Acknowledgments 265 Index 266

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"This book will provide a unique complement to several annotated anthologies covering this material. . . Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners; general readers." (Choice, 1 October 2011)

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