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Thinkers for Architects

Series Editor: Adam Sharr

Architects have often looked to thinkers in philosophy and theory to find design ideas or in search of a critical framework for practice. Yet architects, and students of architecture, can struggle to navigate thinkers’ writings. It can be daunting to approach original texts with little appreciation of their contexts. And existing introductions seldom explore architectural material in any detail.

This original series offers clear, quick and accurate introductions to key thinkers who have written about architecture. Each book summarises what a thinker has to offer for architects. It locates their architectural thinking in the body of their work, introduces significant books and essays, helps decode terms and provides quick reference for further reading. If you find philosophical and theoretical writing about architecture difficult, or just don’t know where to begin, this series will be indispensable.

Books in the Thinkers for Architects series come out of architecture. They pursue architectural modes of understanding, aiming to introduce a thinker to an architectural audience. Each author in the series – an architect or an architectural critic – has focussed on a selection of a thinker’s writings which they judge most relevant to designers and interpreters of architecture. Thinkers for Architects has proved highly successful, now with over ten volumes dealing with familiar cultural figures whose writings have influenced architectural designers, critics and commentators in distinctive and important ways. The series continues to expand, addressing an increasingly rich diversity of contemporary thinkers who have something to say to architects.

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  1. Goodman for Architects

    By Remei Capdevila-Werning

    Series: Thinkers for Architects

    American philosopher Nelson Goodman (1906-1998) was one of the foremost analytical thinkers of the twentieth century, with groundbreaking contributions in the fields of logic, philosophy of science, epistemology, and aesthetics. This book is an introduction to the aspects of Goodman’s philosophy...

    Published October 4th 2013 by Routledge

  2. Foucault for Architects

    By Gordana Fontana-Giusti

    Series: Thinkers for Architects

    From the mid-1960s onwards Michel Foucault has had a significant impact on diverse aspects of culture, knowledge and arts including architecture and its critical discourse. The implications for architecture have been wide-ranging. His archaeological and genealogical approaches to knowledge have...

    Published May 24th 2013 by Routledge

  3. Gadamer for Architects

    By Paul Kidder

    Series: Thinkers for Architects

    Providing a concise and accessible introduction to the work of the celebrated twentieth century German philosopher, Hans-Georg Gadamer, this book focuses on the aspects of Gadamer’s philosophy that have been the most influential among architects, educators in architecture, and architectural...

    Published November 8th 2012 by Routledge

  4. Derrida for Architects

    By Richard Coyne

    Series: Thinkers for Architects

    Looking afresh at the implications of Jacques Derrida’s thinking for architecture, this book simplifies his ideas in a clear, concise way. Derrida‘s treatment of key philosophical texts has been labelled as "deconstruction," a term that resonates with architecture. Although his main focus is...

    Published March 21st 2011 by Routledge

  5. Benjamin for Architects

    By Brian Elliott

    Series: Thinkers for Architects

    Walter Benjamin has become a decisive reference point for a whole range of critical disciplines, as he constructed a unique and provocative synthesis of aesthetics, politics and philosophy. Examining Benjamin’s contributions to cultural criticism in relation to the works of Max Ernst, Adolf Loos,...

    Published December 8th 2010 by Routledge

  6. Bourdieu for Architects

    By Helena Webster

    Series: Thinkers for Architects

    Pierre Bourdieu is arguably one of the twentieth century’s greatest socio-philosophical thinkers and his writings have much to offer anyone interested in the ways that people value, consume and produce architecture. Bourdieu spent much of his life attempting to understand cultural consumption and...

    Published July 9th 2010 by Routledge

  7. Bhabha for Architects

    By Felipe Hernandez

    Series: Thinkers for Architects

    The work of Homi K. Bhabha has permeated into numerous publications which use postcolonial discourse as a means to analyze architectural practices in previously colonized contexts, particularly in Africa, Asia, the Middle-East, South-East Asia and, Latin America. Bhabha's use of the concept of...

    Published January 25th 2010 by Routledge

  8. Irigaray for Architects

    By Peg Rawes

    Series: Thinkers for Architects

    Specifically for architects, the third title in the Thinkers for Architects series examines the relevance of Luce Irigaray’s work for architecture. Eight thematic chapters explore the bodily, spatio-temporal, political and cultural value of her ideas for making, discussing and experiencing...

    Published October 24th 2007 by Routledge

  9. Deleuze & Guattari for Architects

    By Andrew Ballantyne

    Series: Thinkers for Architects

    The work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari has been inspirational for architects and architectural theorists in recent years. It has influenced the design work of architects as diverse as Greg Lynn and David Chipperfield, and is regularly cited by avant-gardist architects and by students, but...

    Published October 2nd 2007 by Routledge

  10. Heidegger for Architects

    By Adam Sharr

    Series: Thinkers for Architects

    Informing the designs of architects as diverse as Peter Zumthor, Steven Holl, Hans Scharoun and Colin St. John Wilson, the work of Martin Heidegger has proved of great interest to architects and architectural theorists. The first introduction to Heidegger’s philosophy written specifically for...

    Published October 2nd 2007 by Routledge

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Forthcoming Books

  1. Lefebvre for Architects
    By Nathaniel Coleman
    To Be Published January 5th 2015
  2. Virilio for Architects
    By John Armitage
    To Be Published June 1st 2015
  3. Kant for Architects
    By Diane Morgan
    To Be Published July 15th 2015

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