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    DescriptionIn The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture, Pier Vittorio Aureli proposes that a sharpened formal consciousness in architecture is a precondition for political, cultural, and social engagement with the city. Aureli uses the term absolute not in the conventional sense of "pure," but to denote something that is resolutely itself after being separated from its other. In the pursuit of the possibility of an absolute architecture, the other is the space of the city, its extensive organization, and its government. Politics is agonism through separation and confrontation; the very condition of architectural form is to separate and be separated. Through its act of separation and being separated, architecture reveals at once the essence of the city and the essence of itself as political form: the city as the composition of (separate) parts. Aureli revisits the work of four architects whose projects were advanced through the making of architectural form but whose concern was the city at large: Andrea Palladio, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, tienne Louis-Boulle, and Oswald Mathias Ungers. The work of these architects, Aureli argues, addressed the transformations of the modern city and its urban implications through the elaboration of specific and strategic architectural forms. Their projects for the city do not take the form of an overall plan but are expressed as an "archipelago" of site-specific interventions.


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    Title
    The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Pier Vittorio Aureli
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 202 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 422 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262515795
    ISBN 10: 0262515792
    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: 05
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    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T General Subject: 130
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    BIC subject category V2: AMX
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15850
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: ARC005000, ARC001000
    DC22: 720.9
    BISAC V2.8: ARC010000
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    B&T Approval Code: A31764600
    DC22: 720.1
    LC classification: NA2540 .A97 2011
    Thema V1.0: AMX
    Illustrations note
    58 b&w illus.
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    01 May 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Pier Vittorio Aureli, an architect and educator, teaches at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and the Architectural Association in London. He is the author of The Project of Autonomy and other books.
    Review quote
    "Challenging the discursive boundaries and interpretive habits of countless late modern and contemporary architectural histories and theories, and with penetrating analysis directed at a compelling band of co-conspirators from Palladio to Ungers, who share with Aureli a deep suspicion of modern urbanization, this book is a forensic tour de force. A generational call for retrieving the concept of the city -- as well as the reality of its histories -- as the basis for thinking architecture's possibilities anew." Brett Steele , Director, Architectural Association School of Architecture "What at first glance appears to be a book of architectural history is in fact a radical attack on theory, sweeping away the foundations of current thought in its wake. Aureli's work stands against the forces of an unlimited urbanization, proposing an idea of absolute architecture as a confrontation with the forces of global capital. A must read for those passionate about architecture and its future." Peter Eisenman