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SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory

by C Greig Crysler, Stephen Cairns and Hilde Heynen SAGE Publications Ltd
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The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, the book examines and explores parallel debates in related fields.

The book is divided into eight sections: a¢ Power/Difference/Embodiment a¢ Aesthetics/Pleasure/Excess a¢ Nation/Spectacle/Modernity a¢ History/Memory/Tradition a¢ Design/Practice/Production a¢ Technology/Science/Virtuality a¢ Nature/Landscape/Sustainability a¢ City/Metropolis/Territory. Special project sections, focusing on architectural designs and built works, follow each section in order to articulate its themes. Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book is organized around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory. A methodical, authoritative and comprehensive addition to the literature, the Handbook is suitable for academics, researchers and practioners in architecture, urban studies, cultural studies, sociology and geography.

Introduction - 1: Architectural Theory in an Expanded Field - C. Greig Crysler, Stephen Cairns and Hilde HeynenIntroduction - 2: Reading the Handbook - C Greig Crysler, Stephen Cairns, Hilde HeynenPART ONE: POWER/DIFFERENCE/EMBODIMENTIntroduction: Shifting Paradigms and Concerns - Hilde Heynen and Gwendolyn WrightArchitecture, Capitalism and Criticality - Ole W FischerInterrogating Difference: Post-Colonial Perspectives in Architecture and Urbanism - Jyoti HosagraharTendencies and Trajectories: Feminist Approaches in Architecture - Jane RendellSection 1 BibliographyCitizenship - Ines WeizmanPART TWO: AESTHETICS/PLEASURE/EXCESSIntroduction: Architecture and Aesthetics - John Macarthur and Naomi SteadArchitectural Phenomenology and the Rise of the Postmodern - Jorge Otero-PailosFormalism and Forms of Practice - Sandra Kaji-O'GradyArt in (and of) Architecture: Autonomy and Medium - Bart VerschaffelSection 2 BibliographyConsumption - Ana Miljacki PART THREE: NATION/WORLD/SPECTACLEIntroduction: Enacting Modernity - AbdouMaliq SimoneRethinking the Nation - Abidin Kusno Entangled Modernities in Architecture - Duanfang LuNotes on the Society of the Brand - Shiloh Krupar and Stefan Al Section 3 BibliographyHeritage - Fernando DiezPART FOUR: HISTORY/MEMORY/TRADITION Introduction: Time's Arrows: Spaces of the Past - C Greig CryslerPreservation and Modernity: Competing Perspectives, Contested Histories and the Question of Authenticity - Mrinalini RajagopalanCollective Memory Under Siege: The Case of 'Heritage Terrorism' - M Christine BoyerConcepts of Vernacular Architecture - Robert Brown and Daniel MaudlinSection 4 BibliographyCulture - Paul WalkerPART FIVE: DESIGN/PRODUCTION/PRACTICEIntroduction: Architecture's Double-Bind - Dana CuffPrometheus Unchained: The Multiple Itineraries of Contemporary Professional Freedom - Paolo TombesiManners of Working: Fabricating Representation in Digital Based Design - Christopher HightPlural Profession, Discrepant Practices - David SalomonSection 5 BibliographyFlows - Stephen CairnsPART SIX: SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY/VIRTUALITY Introduction: Technology, Science and Virtuality - Arie Graafland and Heidi SohnVirtual Architecture, Actual Media - N. Katherine Hayles and Todd Gannon Technology, Virtuality, Materiality - Antoine PiconArchitecture, Technology and the Body: From the Pre-Human to the Post-Human - Jonathan HaleSection 6 BibliographyInfrastructure - Delia Duong Ba WendelPART SEVEN: NATURE/ECOLOGY/SUSTAINABILITYIntroduction: Whither 'Earthly' Architectures: Constructing Sustainability - Simon GuyThe Ecology Question and Architecture - Richard IngersollBeyond Sustainability: Architecture in the Renewable City - Peter DroegeTropical Variants of Sustainable Architecture: A Post-Colonial Perspective - Jiat-Hwee ChangSection 7 BibliographyLandscape - Kelly ShannonPART EIGHT: CITY/METROPOLIS/TERRITORYIntroduction: Metropolis, Megalopolis and Meta-City - Brian McGrath and Grahame ShaneThe Contemporary European Urban Project: Archipelago City, Diffuse City and Reverse City. - Paola ViganA²Slum as Theory: Mega-Cities and Urban Models - Vyjayanthi RaoCommon Lines of Flight towards the Open City - Deborah NatsiosSection 8 Bibliography Housing - Iain Low

This book is much more than a Handbook of Architectural Theory. It is a handbook of architecture, taking us through the most fundamental and creative thinking in structure, plan and form. It is at the same time a handbook of architectural history; of urbanism; of explorations into site, global city and mega-city; and of the topology and topography of space. None of the existing readers on architecture, urbanism or space have the breadth, the pedagogic value and amalgamation of creative thinking as this SAGE Handbook. A must as a reference resource Scott LashDirector, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, London Architectural theory interweaves interdisciplinary understandings with different practices, intentions and ways of knowing. This handbook provides a lucid and comprehensive introduction to this challenging and shifting terrain, and will be of great interest to students, academics and practitioners alike Professor Iain BordenUCL Bartlett School of Architecture The core of architectural theory for the past several decades has looked to architecture's autonomous structures and formal procedures as its primary material for analysis. Now in this collection, architectural theory expands outward to interact with adjacent discourses such as sustainability, conservation, spatial practices, virtual technologies, and more. We have in The Handbook of Architectural Theory an example of the extreme generosity of architectural theory. It is a volume that designers and scholars of many stripes will welcome K. Michael HaysEliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, Harvard University