Words and Buildings

A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture
Author: Adrian Forty
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780500284704
Category: Architecture
Page: 335
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Available again, a wholly original study of the complex relationship between architecture and language that has changed and enriched the way we think and talk about architecture.The words we use when we talk and write about architecture describe more than just bricks and mortar they direct the ways we think of and live with buildings. This groundbreaking book is the first thorough examination of the complex relationship between architecture and language as intricate social practices. Six rigorously argued chapters investigate the language of modernism, language and drawing, masculine and feminine architecture, language metaphors, science in architecture, and the social properties of architecture. There follows a vocabulary of key words such as Character, Form, History and Space, locating each words modern meaning within an historical and theoretical framework, and setting out clearly its development and relevance for architects, historians, philosophers, critics and the users of the buildings themselves. Architects should be made to read Words and Buildings Architecture Today Unusually clear and accessible Students of all kinds will love this book The Architectural Review A forceful, clear and sophisticated exposition of the role of conceptual thought in architectural discourse The Architects Journal

Concrete and Culture

A Material History
Author: Adrian Forty
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1861899335
Category: Architecture
Page: 335
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Concrete has been used in arches, vaults, and domes dating as far back as the Roman Empire. Today, it is everywhere—in our roads, bridges, sidewalks, walls, and architecture. For each person on the planet, nearly three tons of concrete are produced every year. Used almost universally in modern construction, concrete has become a polarizing material that provokes intense loathing in some and fervent passion in others. Focusing on concrete’s effects on culture rather than its technical properties, Concrete and Culture examines the ways concrete has changed our understanding of nature, of time, and even of material. Adrian Forty concentrates not only on architects’ responses to concrete, but also takes into account the role concrete has played in politics, literature, cinema, labor-relations, and arguments about sustainability. Covering Europe, North and South America, and the Far East, Forty examines the degree that concrete has been responsible for modernist uniformity and the debates engendered by it. The first book to reflect on the global consequences of concrete, Concrete and Culture offers a new way to look at our environment over the past century.

Actions of Architecture

Architects and Creative Users
Author: Jonathan Hill
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134437048
Category: Architecture
Page: 232
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Drawing on the work of a wide range of architects, artists and writers, this book considers the relations between the architect and the user, which it compares to the relations between the artist and viewer and the author and reader. The book's thesis is informed by the text 'The Death of the Author', in which Roland Barthes argues for a writer aware of the creativity of the reader. Actions of Architecture begins with a critique of strategies that define the user as passive and predictable, such as contemplation and functionalism. Subsequently it considers how an awareness of user creativity informs architecture, architects and concepts of authorship in architectural design. Identifying strategies that recognize user creativity, such as appropriation, collaboration, disjunction, DIY, montage, polyvalence and uselessness, Actions of Architecture states that the creative user should be the central concern of architectural design.

La controverse learning from Las Vegas


Author: Valéry Didelon
Publisher: Editions Mardaga
ISBN: N.A
Category: Architecture / 20e siècle / Philosophie
Page: 254
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La publication par les architectes américains Robert Venturi et Denise Scott Brown de Learning from Las Vegas, d'abord sous forme d'articles puis de livre, a entraîné à partir de 1968 une controverse sans équivalent dans l'histoire moderne de l'architecture. L'historien Stanislaus von Moos a parlé à ce propos d'une "polarisation de pratiquement l'ensemble du champ architectural - et pas seulement en Amérique - entre les opposants et les sympathisants des supposées ou réelles positions des Venturi". En revenant sur les nombreux arguments mobilisés alors par les architectes, les critiques et les universitaires, et en observant la dynamique des débats sur une durée de vingt ans, Valéry Didelon éclaire ici d'un jour nouveau l'émergence du postmodernisme en architecture, mouvement culturel dont Learning from Las Vegas allait devenir à tort ou à raison l'un des principaux manifestes.

L'Architecture de verre


Author: Paul Scheebart,Daniel Payot
Publisher: Circe
ISBN: N.A
Category: Glass construction
Page: 147
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Convergent Flux

Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in Korea
Author: Jinhee Park,John Hong
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3034611293
Category: Architecture
Page: 176
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Convergent Flux illustrates the contemporary architectural and urban planning developments in South Korea in the context of the country's considerable urban density. In recent years South Korea, which long stood in the shadow of the superpowers Japan and China, has surged in economic terms. That said, industrialization and the population explosion connected with it have created enormous challenges for the country at the interface between globalization and cultural identity. Some 10.5 million inhabitants live in the center of the capital Seoul, while the metropolitan area includes around 25 million residents making it the second largest conurbation in the world after Tokyo. The result is high urban density, which spells an enormous demand for the more efficient use of space and encourages verticalization in architecture. The publication outlines the current developments in South Korean architecture, urban development and landscape architecture by examining 32 projects in detail. An in-depth view of contemporary South Korean architecture is given by five essays that address topics such as the fusion of tradition and the modern, the re-defining of so-called "social spaces" and the country's special topographical situation. The authors are both architects, trained at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Logiques sociales et architecture

actes du séminaire, École d'architecture de Paris la Défense, 19 mai 1995
Author: Claude Bauhain,Ecole d'architecture de Paris la Défense,Centre de recherche sur l'habitat (France),Association S.H.S.-TEST.
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Architecture
Page: 153
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Forty Ways to Think About Architecture

Architectural History and Theory Today
Author: Iain Borden,Murray Fraser,Barbara Penner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118822617
Category: Architecture
Page: 280
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"Forty Ways to Think about Architecture" provides an introduction to some of the ways in which architectural history and theory are being approached today. This collection takes in a total of 40 essays covering key subjects, ranging from memory and heritage to everyday life, building materials and city spaces. As well as critical theory, philosophy, literature and experimental design, it refers to more immediate and topical issues in the built environment, such as globalisation, localism, regeneration and ecologies. The entries reflect on architecture from a range of perspectives.

L'architecture et la crise de la science moderne


Author: Alberto Pérez-Gómez
Publisher: Editions Mardaga
ISBN: 9782870093108
Category: Architecture
Page: 352
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"Entre la fin de la Renaissance et le début du dix-neuvième siècle, les arts antiques de l'architecture ont été profondément transformés par la révolution scientifique. Cet important ouvrage, qui reçut en 1984 le prix Alice Davis Hitchcock, retrace le processus du remplacement des fondements mystiques et numérologiques, de l'utilisation du nombre et.de la géométrie en architecture, par les motivations plus techniques et plus fonctionnelles, qui prévalent dans la théorie et la pratique architecturale aujourd'hui. Le livre se rapporte aux principaux traités d'architecture des générations successives mais, dans un cadre culturel plus vaste, il prend aussi en compte les écrits des philosophes, des mathématiciens, des savants et des ingénieurs." (4e de couverture)

Urban Memory

History and Amnesia in the Modern City
Author: Mark Crinson
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415334051
Category: Social Science
Page: 225
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Nine previously unpublished essays form an interdisciplinary assessment of urban memory in the modern city, analysing this burgeoning area of interest from the perspectives of sociology, architectural and art history, psychoanalysis, culture and critical theory. Featuring a wealth of illustrations, images, maps and specially commissioned artwork, this work applies a critical and creative approach to existing theories of urban memory, and examines how these ideas are actualised in the forms of the built environment in the modernist and post-industrial city. A particular area of focus is post-industrial Manchester, but the book also includes studies of current-day Singapore, New York after 9/11, modern museums in industrial gallery spaces, the writings of Paul Auster and W.G. Sebald, memorials built in concrete, and contemporary art.

USA

Modern Architectures in History
Author: Gwendolyn Wright
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1861895402
Category: Architecture
Page: 272
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From the Reliance Building and Coney Island to the Kimbell Museum and Disney Hall, the United States has been at the forefront of modern architecture. American life has generated many of the quintessential images of modern life, both generic types and particular buildings. Gwendolyn Wright’s USA is an engaging account of this evolution from the late nineteenth century to the twenty-first. Upending conventional arguments about the origin of American modern architecture, Wright shows that it was not a mere offshoot of European modernism brought across the Atlantic Ocean by émigrés but rather an exciting, distinctive and mutable hybrid. USA traces a history that spans from early skyscrapers and suburbs in the aftermath of the American Civil War up to the museums, schools and ‘green architecture’ of today. Wright takes account of diverse interests that affected design, ranging from politicians and developers to ambitious immigrants and middle-class citizens. Famous and lesser-known buildings across America come together--model dwellings for German workers in rural Massachusetts, New York’s Rockefeller Center, Cincinnati’s Carew Tower, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in the Arizona desert, the University of Miami campus, the Texas Instruments Semiconductor Plant, and the Corning Museum of Glass, among others--to show an extraordinary range of innovation. Ultimately, Wright reframes the history of American architecture as one of constantly evolving and volatile sensibilities, engaged with commerce, attuned to new media, exploring multiple concepts of freedom. The chapters are organized to show how changes in work life, home life and public life affected architecture--and vice versa. This book provides essential background for contemporary debates about affordable and luxury housing, avant-garde experiments, local identities, inspiring infrastructure and sustainable design. A clear, concise and richly illustrated account of modern American architecture, this timely book will be essential for all those who wonder about the remarkable legacy of American modernity in its most potent cultural expression.

Understanding Architecture Through Drawing


Author: Brian Edwards
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1134066813
Category: Architecture
Page: 272
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This second edition is fully revised and updated and includes new chapters on sustainability, history and archaeology, designing through drawing and drawing in architectural practice. The book introduces design and graphic techniques aimed to help designers increase their understanding of buildings and places through drawing. For many, the camera has replaced the sketchbook, but here the author argues that freehand drawing as a means of analyzing and understanding buildings develops visual sensitivity and awareness of design. By combining design theory with practical lessons in drawing, Understanding Architecture Through Drawing encourages the use of the sketchbook as a creative and critical tool. The book is highly illustrated and is an essential manual on freehand drawing techniques for students of architecture, landscape architecture, town and country planning and urban design.

Mot a Mot

New Advanced Vocabulary
Author: Paul Humberstone
Publisher: Hodder Education
ISBN: 9780340771648
Category: French language
Page: 105
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An advanced French vocabulary book for A Level, AS Level and Higher Grade students, and for those in higher or further education. It is a practical resource for written and oral work and is designed to provide full support for those taking modern topic-based syllabuses. Listing words and phrases under thematic headings, it seeks to facilitate the acquisition and consolidation of a bank of relevant vocabulary.

Critical Architecture


Author: Jane Rendell,Jonathan Hill,Mark Dorrian,Murray Fraser
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113412001X
Category: Architecture
Page: 368
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Critical Architecture examines the relationship between critical practice in architecture and architectural criticism. Placing architecture in an interdisciplinary context, the book explores architectural criticism with reference to modes of criticism in other disciplines - specifically art criticism - and considers how critical practice in architecture operates through a number of different modes: buildings, drawings and texts. With forty essays by an international cast of leading architectural academics, this accessible single source text on the topical subject of architectural criticism is ideal for undergraduate as well as post graduate study.

Writing Spaces

Discourses of Architecture, Urbanism and the Built Environment, 1960–2000
Author: C. Greig Crysler
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134477929
Category: Architecture
Page: 256
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Writing Spaces examines some of the most important discourses in spatial theory of the last four decades, and considers their impact within the built environment disciplines. The book will be a key resource for courses on critical theory in architecture, urban studies and geography, at both the graduate and advanced undergraduate level.

Papillon


Author: Henri Charrière
Publisher: Ernst Klett Sprachen
ISBN: 9783125997301
Category:
Page: 110
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Remaking London

Decline and Regeneration in Urban Culture
Author: Ben Campkin
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857734164
Category: Political Science
Page: 256
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Contemporary urban regeneration seeks to encourage diverse, creative new neighbourhoods that are rich in economic potential. Yet the end result frequently displaces precisely those qualities, activities and communities it claims to engender. Are people best served by a preoccupation with regeneration as economic growth? In The Regeneration Game Ben Campkin provides a lucid and wide-ranging critique of contemporary regeneration. Focusing on present-day regeneration areas in London that are key to the capital’s modern identity, including the site of the 2012 Olympics, the result is both a compelling account of contested sites within the capital’s recent history and a powerful critique of modern methods of urban regeneration.