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1st Edition

A Primer on Theory in Architecture

ISBN 9781138912410
Published December 12, 2016 by Routledge
156 Pages

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Book Description

A Primer on Theory in Architecture discusses how theory is defined in architecture, how it is identified, its location in larger perspectives or worldviews, its relationships to other areas in architecture, and how it can be constructed. The book explores the definition, elements and characteristics of theory along with subjects associated with theory and how these associations are recognized. In addition, case studies tackle both individual theorists and common approaches to the topic. Aimed at the new student of architectural theory, if you are just beginning to tackle this subject, begin with this book.

Table of Contents

Preface  Introduction: Exploring the Subject of Theory in Architecture Why Theory in Architecture Needs Exploration  How Theory in Architecture Has Escaped Investigation  The Approach for this Work  An Overview of the Discussions in the Book  1. Defining Theory Introduction  The History of the Term  Theorizing and Theorems  The Elements of Theorizing Characteristics of Theorizing  2. The Paradigms that Ground Theorizing Introduction Ontology, Epistemology and Methodology  Four Worldviews  The Cacophony of Worldviews  Worldviews in the Discipline  The Importance of Coherency  Recognizing a Network of Theory in Architecture  3. The Place of Theory in the Discipline Introduction  Theory and History  Theory and Design  Theory and Criticism  Theory and Manifestoes  The Relationship of Theorizing to Other Writings  4.Engaging in Theorizing and the Construction of Theorems  Introduction  A Checklist for Theorizing  Index

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Karen Cordes Spence, Ph.D., AIA, teaches design studios and theory in architecture. Her work focuses on making these subjects both intriguing and clear for beginning students. Her research also explores the way in which phenomenological interpretations tap into the power of connections able to be made through architecture.