Architecture and Capitalism
1845 to the Present
Edited by Peggy Deamer
Routledge – 2014 – 264 pages
Architecture and Capitalism tells a story of the relationship between the economy and architectural design. Eleven historians each discuss in brand new essays the time period they know best, looking at cultural and economic issues, which in light of current economic crises you will find have dealt with diverse but surprisingly familiar economic issues. Told through case studies, the narrative begins in the mid-nineteenth century and ends with 2011, with introductions by Editor Peggy Deamer to pull the main themes together so that you can see how other architects in different times and in different countries have dealt with similar economic conditions. By focussing on what previous architects experienced, you have the opportunity to avoid repeating the past.
With new essays by Pier Vittorio Aureli, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Keller Easterling, Lauren Kogod, Robert Hewison, Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, Robin Schuldenfrei, Deborah Gans, Simon Sadler, Nathan Rich, and Micahel Sorkin.
"This book provides an excellent selection of important historical episodes that comment on the complex relationship between architecture and capital from the 19th century to the near present. There really is not any collection of essays close to this one in its historical scope." -- Rafael Longoria, University of Houston, USA
Preface Peggy Deamer Introduction Peggy Deamer 1. 1845-1900 Straight Lines or Curved? The Victorian Values of John Ruskin and Henry Cole Robert Hewison 2. 1880-1900 The First Chicago School and the Ideology of the Skyscraper Joanna Merwood-Salisbury 3. 1907-1914 The Display Window as Educator: The German Werkbund and Cultural Economy Lauren Kogod 4. 1920-1925 Capital Dwelling: Industrial Capitalism, Financial Crisis, and the Bauhaus’s Haus am Horn Robin Schuldenfrei 5. 1925-1955 Le Corbusier and Capitalism: Big Work Deborah Gans 6. 1960-1973 The Varieties of Capitalist Experience Simon Sadler 7. 1965-1975 Manfredo Tafuri, Archizoom, Superstudio and the Critique of Architectural Ideology Pier Vittorio Aureli 8. 1970-2000 Irrational Exuberance: Rem Koolhaas and the Nineties Ellen Dunham-Jones 9. 1990-2009 Globally Integrated/Locally Fractured: The Extraordinary Development of Gurgaon, India Nathan Rich 10. 2000 Spectacular Failure: The Architecture of Late Capitalism at the Millennium Dome Simon Sadler 11. Overview Liberal Keller Easterling Afterward Architecture Without Capitalism Michael Sorkin Notes on Contributors Illustration Credits Index
Peggy Deamer is a professor of architecture at Yale University, New Haven, USA.