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For centuries, architecture has been one of the most publicly discussed subjects, by architects and users or inhabitants, but also by critics, theoreticians, historians, and writers. This book offers an overview of these discussions in the Western world, by means of four thematic trajectories, focused on housing, society, history, and art. Each of these four chronological paths starts in the 19th century, traverses the 20th century, and ends as closely as possible to the contemporary moment. The stepping stones are historical documents – texts, books, essays, and articles – that are analyzed, interpreted, criticized, and compared. The aim of this book is to show that architecture remains a vital subject matter for anyone interested in our contemporary world and its recent history. Reading, inquiring, and thinking are essential for making substantiated choices, with architecture as a starting point. The writings discussed in this book, both canonical and virtually unknown, are condensed into little pearls of knowledge, attached unto a string, and put together to form a kind of necklace – a talisman that can help us understand and face the present condition.


  • Introduction: Abandon Your Pencils
  • Part 1 Housing – 1873: Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, Histoire d’une maison – 1927: Ludwig Hilberseimer, Großstadtarchitektur – 1933: Walter Benjamin, “Erfahrung und Armut” – 1951: Martin Heidegger, “Bauen Wohnen Denken” – 1972: Joseph Rykwert, On Adam’s House in Paradise – 1974: Georges Perec, Espèces d’espaces – 1976: Dolores Hayden, “Collectivizing the Domestic Workplace” – 1980: Manfredo Tafuri, Vienna Rossa – 1985: Mildred F. Schmertz, “Low Income Housing: A Lesson from Amsterdam” – 1987: Jean-François Lyotard, “Domus et la mégapole” – 1992: Anthony Vidler, The Architectural Uncanny. Essays in the Modern Unhomely – 2013: Dogma, “Barbarism Begins at Home”
  • Part 2 Society – 1832: Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris – 1923: Le Corbusier, Vers une architecture – 1959: Ernesto Nathan Rogers, “L’evoluzione dell’architettura, risposta al custode dei frigidaires” – 1969: Aldo van Eyck, “A Miracle of Moderation” – 1971: Denise Scott Brown, “Learning from Pop” – 1976: Manfredo Tafuri, “Les cendres de Jefferson” – 1976: Geert Bekaert, Charles Vandenhove: l’architecture et l’architecte – 1978: Laurids Ortner, “Amnestie fu¨r die gebaute Realität” – 1983: Kenneth Frampton, “Towards a Critical Regionalism: Six Points for an Architecture of Resistance” – 1989: Liane Lefaivre, “Dirty Realism in European Architecture Today: Making the Stone Stony” – 2000: Jean Baudrillard & Jean Nouvel, Les objets singuliers – 2002: Joan Ockman, “The ¥€$ Man. Can Rem Koolhaas Make Consumerism Safe for Intellectuals? ” – 2004: George Baird, “ “Criticality” and its Discontents” – 2005: Pier Vittorio Aureli, “Vivre sa vie. A Note on the Work of OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen”
  • Part 3 History – 1805: Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand, Précis des leçons d’architecture données à l’École royale polytechnique – 1925: Le Corbusier, Urbanisme – 1933: Emil Kaufmann, Von Ledoux bis Le Corbusier – 1940: Walter Benjamin, “Über den Begriff der Geschichte” – 1966: Aldo Rossi, L’architettura della città – 1968: Manfredo Tafuri, Teorie e storia dell’architettura – 1976: Robert A. M. Stern, “Gray Architecture as Post-Modernism, or, Up and Down from Orthodoxy” – 1978: Léon Krier, “The Reconstruction of the City” – 1980: Ju¨rgen Habermas, “Die Moderne, ein unvollendetes Projekt” – 1992: Françoise Choay, L’Allégorie du patrimoine – 2002: Sylvia Lavin, “The Temporary Contemporary” – 2014: Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Architecture Since 1400 – 2018: Michael Hays, Sharon Johnston, Mark Lee, “From Context to Autonomy, From Object to Field and Back Again”
  • Part 4 Art – 1820: Georg W. F. Hegel, Vorlesungen u¨ber die Ästhetik – 1910: Adolf Loos, “Architektur” – 1921: Paul Valéry, “Eupalinos, ou l’Architecte” – 1964: Roland Barthes, “La Tour Eiffel” – 1965: Theodor W. Adorno, “Funktionalismus heute” – 1967: Michel Foucault, “Des espaces autres” – 1973: Manfredo Tafuri, “Dialettica dell’avanguardia” – 1979: Rosalind Krauss, “Grids” – 1992: Hubert Damisch, “Un musée très spécial” – 2000: Dan Graham & Benjamin Buchloh, “Four Conversations” – 2008: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster & Jacques Rancière, “L’espace des possibles” – 2008: Beatriz Colomina, “Media as Modern Architecture: Thomas Demand” – 2017: Molly Donovan, “Vies Trouvées (Found Lives). Ghost, Rachel Whiteread”
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Publisher: EPFL Press English Imprint

Author(s): Christophe Van Gerrewey

Collection: Architecture

Published: 30 august 2019

Edition: 1st edition

Media: Book

Pages count Book: 276

Format (in mm) Book: 170 x 240

Weight (in grammes): 560

Language(s): English

EAN13 Book: 9782889153299

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