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Architecture Depends

by Jeremy Till The MIT Press
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Architecture depends -- on what? On people, time, politics, ethics, mess: the realworld. Architecture, Jeremy Till argues with conviction in this engaging, sometimes pugnacious book,cannot help itself; it is dependent for its very existence on things outside itself. Despite theclaims of autonomy, purity, and control that architects like to make about their practice,architecture is buffeted by uncertainty and contingency. Circumstances invariably intervene to upsetthe architect's best-laid plans -- at every stage in the process, from design through constructionto occupancy. Architects, however, tend to deny this, fearing contingency and preferring to pursue perfection.

With Architecture Depends, architect and critic Jeremy Till offers aproposal for rescuing architects from themselves: a way to bridge the gap between what architectureactually is and what architects want it to be. Mixing anecdote, design, social theory, and personalexperience, Till's writing is always accessible, moving freely between high and low registers, muchlike his suggestions for architecture itself.

Till's book is about the world he knows and how one conveys ideas behind architecture. It is a superbly written, frequently fascinating set of arguments that will support architects who wish to use the messy stuff of life for their own advantage.

'Tim Abrahams , Blueprint
Jeremy Till is Head of Central St Martins/Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London, and a partner at Sarah Wigglesworth Architects. Their projects include the pioneering 9 Stoc kOrchard Street (The Strawbale House and Quilted Office), winner of multiple awards. He representedBritain at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale.