The Humanities in Architectural Design
A Contemporary and Historical Perspective
Edited by Soumyen Bandyopadhyay, Jane Lomholt, Nicholas Temple, Renée Tobe
Published February 12th 2010 by Routledge – 288 pages
Offering an in-depth consideration of the impact which humanities have had on the processes of architecture and design, this book asks how we can restore the traditional dialogue between intellectual enquiry in the humanities and design creativity.
Written by leading academics in the fields of history, theory and philosophy of design, these essays draw profound meanings from cultural practices and beliefs. These are as diverse as the designs they inspire and include religious, mythic, poetic, political, and philosophical references.
This timely and important book is not a benign reflection on humanities' role in architectural design but a direct response to the increased marginalization of humanities in a technology driven world. The prioritization of technology leaves critical questions unanswered about the relationships between information and knowledge, transcription and translation, and how emerging technologies can usefully contribute to a deeper understanding of our design culture.
“The essays in this volume provide a thoughtful consideration of a body of knowledge too often lacking in the curricular framework of architecture’s accredited professional degree programs. And they remind us that humanist traditions can ascribe meaning to technical knowledge, thereby enriching the collective creative dialogue.”
– Journal of Architectural Education
Introduction Part 1: Freedom in the Shadow of Uncertainty 1. The Responsibility of Design Karsten Harries 2. Inhumanities: Ethics in Architectural Praxis Leonidas Koutsoumpos 3. Cultivating Architects: The Humanities in Architectural Education Alexandra Stara 4. The Architect as Humanist Leslie Kavanaugh 5. Migration, Emancipation and Architecture James McQuillan Part 2: Spectre of Technology 6. Fantasies of the End of Technology Jonathan Sawday 7. Le Corbusier and the Modern Modality of Representation Andrzej Piotrowski 8. Humanist Machines: Daniel Libeskind’s "Three Lessons of Architecture" Ersi Ioannidou 9. Draw Like a Builder: Build Like a Writer Alex Graef 10. The Word Made Flesh: In the Name of the Surveyor, the Nomad, and the Lunatic Peter Waldman Part 3: Measures of Awareness 11. Creative Inspirations or Intellectual Impasses? Nader El-Bizri 12. Leon Battista Alberti and Lineamentis Nikolaos-Ion Terzoglou 13. Renaissance Visual Thinking: Architectural Representation as a Medium of True Form Federica Goffi-Hamilton 14. Neoplatonism at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome John Hendrix 15. Who’s on First? Donald Kunze Part 4: The Challenges of Instrumental Knowledge 16. Architcture as a Humanistic Discipline Dalibor Vesely 17. Communicating Vessels: Andre Breton and his Atelier in Paris Dagmar Motycka Weston 18. L’histoire assassinée: Manfredo Tafuri Teresa Stoppani 19. Nature Choreographed Anne-Louise Sommer 20. Birth of Modernity out of the Spirit of Music Ole W. Fischer
Soumyen Bandyopadhyay is Professor of Architecture and Design at Nottingham Trent University and has previously taught at Liverpool University.
Jane Lomholt is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Lincoln where she is head of History and Theory.
Nicholas Temple is Professor of Architecture at the University of Lincoln, having previously taught at the University of Liverpool, the University of Pennsylvania and Nottingham University.
Renée Tobe is Architecture Field Leader at the University of East London.