- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
- Format: Hardback | 168 pages
- Dimensions: 179mm x 227mm x 17mm | 617g
- Publication date: 4 June 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1119965942
- ISBN 13: 9781119965947
- Edition: 2
- Edition statement: 2nd ed.
Over the last decade or so, the widespread adoption of digital techniques have greatly expanded the possibilities of applying ornament in design. As well as looking at the c topic of ornament, the book reflects on what is currently happening in the light of current theoretical and historical research. The author is a theorist and historian who also has a deep knowledge of the effects that digital culture has on architecture his most recent book deals with this set of issues. A historical perspective is often necessary to understand the potential for change of the present. He asks whether we may be on the verge of a radical redefinition of the relation between architecture and politics based on the emergence of a new relation between subjectivity and ornament.
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Antoine Picon is the G Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology and Co-Director of Doctoral Programs at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). He is also Director of Research at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees, Paris. He has published numerous books and articles mostly dealing with the complementary histories of architecture, science and technology, among which are: French Architects and Engineers in the Age of Enlightenment (Cambridge University Press, 1992 and 2009), Claude Perrault (1613 1688) ou la curiosite d un classique (Picard, 1988), L Invention de l Ingenieur Moderne, L Ecole des Ponts et Chaussees 1747 1851 (Presses de l Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees, 1992), La Ville Territoire des Cyborgs (L Imprimeur, 1998), Les Saint-Simoniens: Raison, Imaginaire, et Utopie (Belin, 2002), and Digital Culture in Architecture: An Introduction for the Design Professions (Birkhauser, 2010).
Table of contents
Introduction: Architecture as Ornament? 009 Chapter 1: A Problematic Return 017 The Ornamental Revival in Contemporary Architecture 019 Textures, Patterns and Topology: A Different Ornament 027 The Subjective and the Political 047 Chapter 2: Ornament and Subjectivity 059 The Visage of Architecture 060 The Architect between Rules and Invention 062 Artists, Craftsmen and the Fabrication of Ornament 073 From Clients to Passer-By 082 Industrialisation and the Ornamental Impulse 090 The Ghost of ornament 097 Chapter 3: Politics of Ornament 103 From Economics to Politics 103 Communication and Style 106 The Power of Architectural Decor 122 Chapter 4: Reinventing the Meaning of Ornament 129 A New Architectural Subject 129 Political Uncertainties 144 Meaning and Symbols 145 Bibliography 157 Index 163 Picture Credits 167