Constructing a New Agenda

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-31
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This follow-up to Kate Nesbitt's best-selling anthology Theorizing A New Agenda collects twenty-eight essays that address architectural theory from the mid-1990s through the present. A. Krista Sykes offers an overview of the myriad approaches and attitudes adopted by architects and architectural theorists during this era. Multiple themesincluding the impact of digital technologies on processes of architectural design, production, materiality, and representation; the implications of globalization and networks of information; the growing emphasis on sustainable and green architecture; and the phenomenon of the starchitect and iconic architectureappear against a background colored by architectural theory as it existed from the 1960s on, in a period of transition (if not crisis) that centers around the perceived abyss between theory and practice. Theory's transitional state persists today, rendering its immediate history particularly relevant to contemporary thought and practice.

Author Biography

A. Krista Sykes is an independent scholar living in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Prefacep. 12
Introductionp. 14
Architectural Curvilinearity: The Folded, the Pliant, and the Supple (1993)p. 30
Charter of the New Urbanism (1996): Congress for the new urbanismp. 62
Thoughts on the Everyday (1997)p. 70
Mach 1 (and Other Mystic Visitations) (1997)p. 78
A New Pragmatism? (1998)p. 90
The Rural Studio (1998)p. 105
Field Conditions (1999)p. 116
Junkspace (2000)p. 134
The Cunning of Cosmetics (2000)p. 152
Green Questionnaire (2001)p. 165
Scale and Span in a Global Digital World (2001)p. 176
Notes around the Doppler Effect and Other Moods of Modernism (2002)p. 188
Design Intelligence (2002)p. 204
From Principles to Practices: Creating a Sustaining Architecture for the Twenty-first Century (2003)p. 216
Boundaries/Networks (2003)p. 226
Future City (2003)p. 246
Architecture and the Virtual: Towards a New Materiality (2004)p. 268
No More Dreams? The Passion for Reality in Recent Dutch Architecture…and Its Limitations (2004/5)p. 290
Architecture's Expanded Field (2005)p. 318
Architecture by Numbers (2005)p. 332
Critical of What? Toward a Utopian Realism (2005)p. 346
Technology, Place, and Nonmodern Regionalism (2005)p. 363
Raised to Observe: Glenn Murcutt (2005)p. 385
On Criticality (2006)p. 394
Metaphysics of Genetic Architecture and Computation (2006)p. 421
Introduction to Atlas of Novel Tectonics (2006)p. 434
Practice Makes Perfect (2006/7)p. 447
Ru(m)inations: The Haunts of Contemporary Architecture (2008)p. 460
Afterwordp. 472
Contributors' Biographiesp. 477
Selected Bibliographyp. 485
Indexp. 489
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