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What Is Architecture? An Essay on Landscapes, Buildings, and Machines : Mit Press - Paul Shepheard

What Is Architecture? An Essay on Landscapes, Buildings, and Machines

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British architect and critic Paul Shepheard is a fresh new voice in current postmodern debates about the history and meaning of architecture. In this wonderfully unorthodox quasi-novelistic essay, complete with characters and dialogue (but no plot), Shepheard draws a boundary around the subject of architecture, describing its place in art and technology, its place in history, and its place in our lives now.At a time when it is fashionable to say that architecture is everything -- from philosophy to science to art to theory -- Shepheard boldly and irreverently sets limits to the subject, so that we may talk about architecture for what it is. He takes strong positions, names the causes of the problems, and tells us how bad things are and how they can get better.Along the way he marshals some unlikely but plausible witnesses who testify about the current state of architecture. Instead of the usual claims or complaints by the usual suspects, these observations are of an altogether different order. Constructed as a series of fables, many of them politically incorrect, What is Architecture? is a refreshing meditation on the options, hopes, possibilities, and failures of shelter in society.

Preface
The Facts of Lifep. 1
Two Architectsp. 3
The Furorp. 6
Three Expeditions in Search of Architecturep. 10
Five More Architectsp. 14
Architecture Is Not Everythingp. 19
Terryp. 21
The Opera Housep. 22
Know What Your Business Isp. 24
The First Bookp. 26
The Human Conditionp. 28
Nature - Other People - Yourselfp. 30
Annap. 33
Meaningp. 35
Landscapes, Buildings, Machinesp. 38
Debut De Sieclep. 43
Sallyp. 45
A Short History of Modern Lifep. 48
Conradp. 51
There Was a Time When Everything Looked like Buildingsp. 58
The Escape of the Machinesp. 59
A Short Flight over Public Spacep. 63
A Machine for Living Inp. 65
The Art of the Landp. 71
The Flamenco Magicianp. 73
Architecture and Literaturep. 76
Kitty Hawkp. 80
St. Paul's Cathedralp. 83
The White Horse and the Moonp. 87
Interludep. 93
What Is Next?p. 101
The Kiltp. 103
Machinesp. 106
Camouflagep. 106
The Second Echelonp. 109
Nap of the Earthp. 111
Aegisp. 112
Zeppelin Techp. 113
Landscapesp. 114
Strategyp. 114
Timep. 118
Demolitionp. 120
Buildingsp. 122
Shed-off-the-Pegp. 122
Adrian's Shrinep. 125
The Soanes' Family Vaultp. 127
Joseph's Tondop. 129
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780262691666
ISBN-10: 0262691663
Series: Mit Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 141
Published: 1st March 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.25

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