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Architecture, Crisis and Resuscitation
The Reproduction of Post-Fordism in Late-Twentieth-Century Architecture

ISBN 9780415578240
Published February 24, 2011 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

Studying the relation of architecture to society, this book explains the manner in which the discipline of architecture adjusted itself in order to satisfy new pressures by society. Consequently, it offers an understanding of contemporary conditions and phenomena, ranging from the ubiquity of landmark buildings to the celebrity status of architects. It concerns the period spanning from 1966 to the first years of the current century – a period which saw radical change in economy, politics, and culture and a period in which architecture radically transformed, substituting the alleged dreariness of modernism with spectacle.

Table of Contents

Foreword Hilde Heynen  Introduction  1. Drawing  2. Discipline  3. Methodological Considerations  Part 1: Crisis and Withdrawal  4. The Void  5. Economic and Social Crisis  6. Modernism in Retreat  7. Radical Architecture  8. Alternatives to Modernism  9. Meaning  10. Historicism  11. Collage  12. Context  13. Freedom  14. Postmodernist Architecture  15. The Invisible Horizon  Part 2: Autonomy and the Resuscitation of the Discipline  16. The Birth of Autonomy  17. Architectural Autonomy  18. The Commodity  19. The Artefact  20. Paper Architecture and Autonomy  21. The Neo-Avant-Garde  22. Autonomous Deconstruction  23. The Integration of Autonomy  Part 3: The Real  24. The Revolution of Everyday Life  25. The Architecture of Everyday Life  26. The Rise of Monetarism  27. Towards the Architectural Real  28. Critique of Planning  29. The End of the Crisis  30. Koolhaas and Freedom  31. The SuperDutch Era  32. The Return of Anxiety  Epilogue: From the Ideal to the Simulacra and Back

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Tahl Kaminer is a researcher and lecturer at the Delft School of Design, TU Delft. He co-edited the volumes Urban Asymmetries (2011), Critical Tools (2011), and Houses in Transformation (2008), and is a founding member of the academic journal Footprint.


"Kaminer has deftly identified the dilemma of the contemporary student of architecture and Architecture, Crisis and Resuscitation throws down the pedagogical gauntlet, inviting architectural educators, and by extension the discipline of architecture, to address this quandary."

Amy Kulper, Architectural Theory Review, December 2011

"Tahl Kaminer's work stands out among recent publications... a fine, heterogeneous, and complex weave of relationships whose internal dynamics nonetheless depend on external economic processes and transformations."

Ana Jeinic, GAM Architecture Magazine 08