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The Environmental Imagination : Technics and Poetics of the Architectural Environment - Dean Hawkes

The Environmental Imagination

Technics and Poetics of the Architectural Environment

Paperback Published: 9th January 2019
ISBN: 9780415360876
Number Of Pages: 233

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This title, from a well-regarded and established expert, explores the changing relationship between the poetic intentions and technical means of environmental design in architecture. Working thematically and chronologically from the eighteenth century to the present day, these essays reach beyond the narrow conventional view of the purely technical to encompass the poetics of architecture, redefining the historiography of environmental design.

Through an assessment of the works of several leading figures throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Hawkes deftly shows the growth of environmental awareness and adds a consideration of the qualitative dimension of the environment to the existing, primarily technological, narratives. Essays on earlier buildings highlight the response of pioneering architects to the 'new' technologies of mechanical services and their influence on the form of buildings, while the late twentieth-century design is explored in particular depth to illustrate individual strands of the environmental diversity of modern practice.

Prefacep. vi
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. x
From Enlightenment to Modernityp. 1
Soane, Labrouste, Mackintosh: pioneers of environmentp. 3
The Twentieth-Century Environment: themes and variationsp. 31
Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe: continuity and inventionp. 33
The 'other' environmental tradition: Erik Gunnar Asplund and Alvar Aaltop. 61
The poetics of 'served' and 'servant': Louis I. Kahnp. 87
'I wish I could frame the blue of the sky': Carlo Scarpap. 111
Architecture of adaptive light: Sigurd Lewerentzp. 129
Image and Environmentp. 143
The sheltering environment: Fehn and Zumthorp. 145
The art museum: art, environment, imagination - Moneo, Siza, Caruso St John, Zumthorp. 157
Sacred places: Zumthor, Siza, Hollp. 185
Airs, waters, places: Therme Valsp. 203
Selected bibliographyp. 220
Indexp. 226
Illustration creditsp. 233
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ISBN: 9780415360876
ISBN-10: 0415360870
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 233
Published: 9th January 2019
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.51 x 18.85  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Number: 1