Toward an Architecture

Toward an Architecture
Author: Le Corbusier
Publsiher: J Paul Getty Museum Publications
Total Pages: 341
Release: 2007
Genre: Architecture
ISBN: 0892368993

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Published in 1923, Toward an Architecture had an immediate impact on architects throughout Europe and remains a foundational text for students and professionals. This edition includes a new translation of the original text, a scholarly introduction, and background notes that illuminate the text and illustrations.

Towards a New Architecture

Towards a New Architecture
Author: Le Corbusier
Publsiher: Courier Corporation
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2013-04-09
Genre: Architecture
ISBN: 9780486315645

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Pioneering manifesto by founder of "International School." Technical and aesthetic theories, views of industry, economics, relation of form to function, "mass-production split," and much more. Profusely illustrated.

Toward A Minor Architecture

Toward A Minor Architecture
Author: Jill Stoner
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2012-03-09
Genre: Architecture
ISBN: 9780262300285

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A major proposal for a minor architecture, and for the making of spaces out of the already built. Architecture can no longer limit itself to the art of making buildings; it must also invent the politics of taking them apart. This is Jill Stoner's premise for a minor architecture. Her architect's eye tracks differently from most, drawn not to the lauded and iconic but to what she calls “the landscape of our constructed mistakes”—metropolitan hinterlands rife with failed and foreclosed developments, undersubscribed office parks, chain hotels, and abandoned malls. These graveyards of capital, Stoner asserts, may be stripped of their excess and become sites of strategic spatial operations. But first we must dissect and dismantle prevalent architectural mythologies that brought them into being—western obsessions with interiority, with the autonomy of the building-object, with the architect's mantle of celebrity, and with the idea of nature as that which is “other” than the built metropolis. These four myths form the warp of the book. Drawing on the literary theory of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Stoner suggests that minor architectures, like minor literatures, emerge from the bottoms of power structures and within the language of those structures. Yet they too are the result of powerful and instrumental forces. Provoked by collective desires, directed by the instability of time, and celebrating contingency, minor architectures may be mobilized within buildings that are oversaturated, underutilized, or perceived as obsolete. Stoner's provocative challenge to current discourse veers away from design, through a diverse landscape of cultural theory, contemporary fiction, and environmental ethics. Hers is an optimistic and inclusive approach to a more politicized practice of architecture.

Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment

Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment
Author: Henri Lefebvre
Publsiher: U of Minnesota Press
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2014-05-01
Genre: Architecture
ISBN: 9781452941981

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Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment is the first publication in any language of the only book devoted to architecture by Henri Lefebvre. Written in 1973 but only recently discovered in a private archive, this work extends Lefebvre’s influential theory of urban space to the question of architecture. Taking the practices and perspective of habitation as his starting place, Lefebvre redefines architecture as a mode of imagination rather than a specialized process or a collection of monuments. He calls for an architecture of jouissance—of pleasure or enjoyment—centered on the body and its rhythms and based on the possibilities of the senses. Examining architectural examples from the Renaissance to the postwar period, Lefebvre investigates the bodily pleasures of moving in and around buildings and monuments, urban spaces, and gardens and landscapes. He argues that areas dedicated to enjoyment, sensuality, and desire are important sites for a society passing beyond industrial modernization. Lefebvre’s theories on space and urbanization fundamentally reshaped the way we understand cities. Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment promises a similar impact on how we think about, and live within, architecture.

Toward a Living Architecture

Toward a Living Architecture
Author: Christina Cogdell
Publsiher: U of Minnesota Press
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2019-01-01
Genre: Architecture
ISBN: 9781452958071

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A bold and unprecedented look at a cutting-edge movement in architecture Toward a Living Architecture? is the first book-length critique of the emerging field of generative architecture and its nexus with computation, biology, and complexity. Starting from the assertion that we should take generative architects’ rhetoric of biology and sustainability seriously, Christina Cogdell examines their claims from the standpoints of the sciences they draw on—complex systems theory, evolutionary theory, genetics and epigenetics, and synthetic biology. She reveals significant disconnects while also pointing to approaches and projects with significant potential for further development. Arguing that architectural design today often only masquerades as sustainable, Cogdell demonstrates how the language of some cutting-edge practitioners and educators can mislead students and clients into thinking they are getting something biological when they are not. In a narrative that moves from the computational toward the biological and from current practice to visionary futures, Cogdell uses life-cycle analysis as a baseline for parsing the material, energetic, and pollution differences between different digital and biological design and construction approaches. Contrary to green-tech sustainability advocates, she questions whether quartzite-based silicon technologies and their reliance on rare earth metals as currently designed are sustainable for much longer, challenging common projections of a computationally designed and manufactured future. Moreover, in critiquing contemporary architecture and science from a historical vantage point, she reveals the similarities between eugenic design of the 1930s and the aims of some generative architects and engineering synthetic biologists today. Each chapter addresses a current architectural school or program while also exploring a distinct aspect of the corresponding scientific language, theory, or practice. No other book critiques generative architecture by evaluating its scientific rhetoric and disjunction from actual scientific theory and practice. Based on the author’s years of field research in architecture studios and biological labs, this rare, field-building book does no less than definitively, unsparingly explain the role of the natural sciences within contemporary architecture.

Affect Architecture and Practice

Affect  Architecture  and Practice
Author: Akari Nakai Kidd
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2021-05-17
Genre: Architecture
ISBN: 9781351043007

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Affect, Architecture, and Practice builds on and contributes to work in theories of affect that have risen within diverse disciplines, including geography, cultural studies, and media studies, challenging the nature of textual and representational-based research. Although numerous studies have examined how affect emerges in architectural spaces, little attention has been paid to the creative process of architectural design and the role that affect plays in the many contingencies and uncertainties that arise in the process. The book traces the critical, philosophic, and architectural theories to examine how affect, architecture, and practice are interlinked. Through a series of conversations and reflections, it examines three key contemporary architects, their practices and projects, all within a single coherent theme. Reiser + Umemoto (RUR Architecture DPC), USA, Kerstin Thompson Architects, Australia, and Shigeru Ban Architects, Japan, are critically studied through the lens of different aspects of practice, namely image-making, the design process, and the making of an everyday object/material. Through this investigation, author Akari Nakai Kidd demonstrates how affect theory allows a critical interrogation of the in-betweens of practice, its liminality and limits. It questions the stability of objects, the smooth temporality of practice, and its often under-conceptualised non-human dimensions. More significantly, the book demonstrates architectural practice’s contribution to the reconceptualisation of theories of affect.

Le Corbusier the Noble Savage

Le Corbusier  the Noble Savage
Author: Adolf Max Vogt
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 381
Release: 2000
Genre: Architecture
ISBN: 0262720337

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Vogt's investigation of LC's early life and education not only reveals important, previously unacknowledged influences on specific projects such as the League of Nations headquarters and the Villa Savoye, but also suggests why LC throughout his career preferred to lift buildings above the ground, to give them the appearance of "floating." This tendency had decisive consequences for buildings associated with the modern movement and continues to influence architecture today.

Toward a Ludic Architecture

Toward a Ludic Architecture
Author: Steffen P. Walz
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 365
Release: 2010
Genre: Architectural design
ISBN: 9780557285631

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“Toward a Ludic Architecture†is a pioneering publication, architecturally framing play and games as human practices in and of space. Filling the gap in literature, Steffen P. Walz considers game design theory and practice alongside architectural theory and practice, asking: how are play and games architected? What kind of architecture do they produce and in what way does architecture program play and games? What kind of architecture could be produced by playing and gameplaying?

Toward a Scientific Architecture

Toward a Scientific Architecture
Author: Yona Friedman
Publsiher: Mit Press
Total Pages: 169
Release: 1980-06-12
Genre: Architecture
ISBN: 0262560194

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Today in architecture and city planning, Friedman (who has lived and practiced architecture in France for many years) observes that there are no strict rules that allow an accurate prediction of the results of a particular decision. Instead of the intuitive rules or "tricks of the trade" used by both professions, Friedman proposes a complete list of objective rules and risks involved as choices are made among several million possible plans for living space.

Behavioral Architecture

Behavioral Architecture
Author: Clovis Heimsath
Publsiher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Total Pages: 203
Release: 1977
Genre: Architectural design
ISBN: UOM:39015006746500

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"Based on a new concept in architecture, this volume shows how to use the findings of behavioral psychology to create more meaningful architectural designs. It is one of the first synthesis by a practicing architect of what has been learned about the interaction of architecture and human behavior. In the process the author looks at old problems in new ways, adding a new dimension to present architectural practices ... Although its approach to architecture is unique, the book is primarily a practical work. Its main points are solidly supported by a detailed behavioral design process model--a step-by-step procedure for using behavior in contemporary design"--Jacket.

Toward an Urban Ecology

Toward an Urban Ecology
Author: Kate Orff
Publsiher: The Monacelli Press, LLC
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2016-07-12
Genre: Architecture
ISBN: 9781580934367

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Kate Orff, 2017 MacArthur Fellow, has an optimistic and transformative message about our world: we can bring together social and ecological systems to sustainably remake our cities and landscapes. Part monograph, part manual, part manife­sto, Toward an Urban Ecology reconceives urban landscape design as a form of activism, demonstrating how to move beyond familiar and increasingly outmoded ways of thinking about environmental, urban, and social issues as separate domains; and advocating for the synthesis of practice to create a truly urban ecology. In purely practical terms, SCAPE has already generated numerous tools and techniques that designers, policy makers, and communities can use to address some of the most pressing issues of our time, including the loss of biodiversity, the loss of social cohesion, and ecological degradation. Toward an Urban Ecology features numerous projects and select research from SCAPE, and conveys a range of strategies to engender a more resilient and inclusive built environment.

Environmental Aesthetics

Environmental Aesthetics
Author: Jack L. Nasar
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 529
Release: 1992-07-31
Genre: Psychology
ISBN: 0521429161

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How do people react to the visual character of their surroundings? What can planners do to improve the aesthetic quality of these surroundings? Too often in environmental design, visual quality--aesthetics--is misunderstood as only a minor concern, dependent on volatile taste and thus undefinable. Yet a substantial body of research indicates the importance of visual quality in the environment to the public and has uncovered systematic patterns of human response to visual attributes of the built environment. Efforts to understand environmental aesthetics have been undertaken by investigators from such diverse fields as landscape architecture, environmental psychology, geography, philosophy, architecture, and city planning. As a result the relevant information is scattered and not readily available to professionals and policy makers. The book brings together classic and new contributions by distinguished workers in different disciplines. It explores theory and data on preferences in the visual environment, and also addresses the practical application of aesthetic criteria in design, planning and public policy. Promising directions for future research are identified.

Big and Green

Big and Green
Author: David Gissen
Publsiher: Princeton Architectural Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2002
Genre: Architecture
ISBN: 1568983611

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More than a century after its inception, the skyscraper has finally come of age. Though it has long been lampooned as a venal and inhospitable guzzler of resources, a revolutionary new school of skyscraper design has refashioned the idiom with buildings that are sensitive to their environments, benevolent to their occupants, and economically viable to build and maintain. Designed by some of the best-known architects in the world, these towers are as daring aesthetically as they are innovative environmentally. Big and Green is the first book to examine the sustainable skyscraper, its history, the technologies that make it possible, and its role in the future of urban development. The book examines more than 40 of the most important recent sustainable skyscrapers-including Fox & Fowle's Reuters Buildings in New York, Norman Foster's Commerzbank in Frankfurt, and MVRDV's spectacular Dutch Pavilion from Expo 2000 in Hanover-with project descriptions, photographs, and detailed drawings. Interviews with such leaders in the field as Sir Richard Rogers, William McDonough, and Kenneth Yeang are also included.

Non Extractive Architecture

Non Extractive Architecture
Author: Space Caviar
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2021-09-14
Genre: Architecture
ISBN: 9783956795916

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How architects can move toward a more just, harmonious, and non-exploitative designed environment. Architecture--and architects--have immense influence in defining the way we live, work, and interact as communities. Architecture, in fact, could be described as the very process through which our collective priorities take shape in the environment. Today, buildings generate nearly forty percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions. As awareness of the true cost of inaction grows, every human activity will be rethought--and the material economy of the building industry is one of the places where new thinking is most urgently needed. Architects have the opportunity to reclaim their relevance by becoming the advocates and masterminds of a new way of building. What kind of architecture will be born once its primary purpose is serving communities and not capital accumulation? How can we compel the market to factor in the true long-term costs of construction and material production? How can we reduce the sense of abstraction that separates "consumers" of architecture from the environmental damage wrought at the sites of material extraction? How can communities become fully involved in every stage of the production of architecture, not just its final consumption? This book attempts to frame the problem, and begins the process of delineating alternative paths forward. The first step architects can take towards a more just, harmonious, and non-exploitative designed environment is to redesign themselves, and what the word "architect" stands for.

Literary Architecture

Literary Architecture
Author: Ellen Eve Frank
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 311
Release: 1983-02-18
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0520047729

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"A complex and important book .... a challenging and sophisticated contribution to critical studies of the sister arts. It originates from a thoroughly considered grasp of the imaginative possibilities of the analogy between architecture and literature, and it boldly brings an innovative critical method to bear upon a neglected subject."--Modern Language Quarterly "Fascinating . . [Frank's] main interest does not lie in tracking down and neatly labeling every appearance of significant architecture in these writers' works. What concerns her is that they all seem to find in architecture, rather than in painting or music, the most satisfying and fruitful analogy for literary creation and for the refined consciousness of the literary artist. . . . There is considerable truth in this book."--Pater Newsletter "Frank's bold hypotheses about these works, her striking juxtapositions--including her epigraphs for the many beautiful illustrations in this handsome book--and her sense of the architectural connotations of words and the implications of spatial metaphors all generate many creative insights. The result is an important, pioneering work."--Comparative Literature "As the subtitle admits, it's a venture in the direction of a tradition, and its ideas aren't arrivals but itineraries, not conclusive formulations but alluring possibilities, invitations to extrapolation. Of its very nature such a project is bound to seem teasing and incomplete; yet it justifies itself by provoking thought in those who read it."--Times Literary Supplement "Brilliant. . . The tour is not easy, for it requires patience and concentration, but it is one well worth taking."--Archetype