Architecture, Crisis and Resuscitation: The Reproduction of Post-Fordism in Late-Twentieth-Century Architecture

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2011-02-24
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Studying the relation of architecture to society, this book explains the manner in which the discipline of architecture adjusted itself in order to satisfy new pressures by society. Consequently, it offers an understanding of contemporary conditions and phenomena, ranging from the ubiquity of landmark buildings to the celebrity status of architects. It conderns the period spanning from 1966 to the first years of the current century - a period which saw radical change in economy, politics, and culture and a period in which architecture radically transformed, substituting the alleged dreariness of modernism with spectacle.

Author Biography

Tahl Kaminer is a researcher and lecturer at the Delft School of Design, TU Delft. He co-edited the volumes Urban Asymmetries (2011), Critical Tools (2011), and Houses in Transformation (2008), and is a founding member of the academic journal Footprint.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. x
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Drawingp. 1
Disciplinep. 3
Methodological considerationsp. 8
p. 15
The voidp. 17
Economic and social crisisp. 21
Modernism in retreatp. 24
Radical architecturep. 32
Alternatives to modernismp. 40
Meaningp. 42
Historicismp. 46
Collagep. 53
Contextp. 55
Freedomp. 57
Postmodernist architecturep. 59
The invisible horizonp. 66
Auonomy and the resolution of the disciplinep. 71
The birth of autonomyp. 73
Architectural autonomyp. 77
The commodityp. 82
The artefactp. 85
Paper architecture and autonomyp. 87
The neo-avant-gardep. 95
Autonomous Deconstructionp. 102
The recuperation of autonomyp. 109
The Realp. 115
The revolution of everyday lifep. 117
The architecture of everyday lifep. 128
The rise of monetarismp. 138
Towards the architectural realp. 140
Recuperating a populist modernismp. 145
Critique of planningp. 149
The end of the crisisp. 154
Koolhaas and freedomp. 157
The SuperDutch erap. 159
The return of anxietyp. 165
From the ideal to the simulacra and back (an epilogue)p. 167
Notesp. 176
Bibliographyp. 183
Indexp. 197
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