Architecture as Cultural and Political Discourse: Case studies of conceptual norms and aesthetic practices, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Architecture as Cultural and Political Discourse

Case studies of conceptual norms and aesthetic practices, 1st Edition

By Daniel Grinceri

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212 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Description

This book is concerned with cultural and political discourses that affect the production of architecture. It examines how these discursive mechanisms and technologies combine to normalise and aestheticise everyday practices. It queries the means by which buildings are appropriated to give shape and form to political aspirations and values. Architecture is not overtly political. It does not coerce people to behave in certain ways. However, architecture is constructed within the same rules and practices whereby people and communities self-govern and regulate themselves to think and act in certain ways. This book seeks to examine these rules through various case studies including: the reconstructed Notre Dame Cathedral, the Nazi era Munich Konigsplatz, Auschwitz concentration camp and the Prora resort, Sydney’s suburban race riots, and the Australian Immigration Detention Centre on Christmas Island.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. List of Figures. Preface. 1. Architecture as Cultural and Political Discourse 2. Meaning and the Death of Architecture 3. Statements on Architecture: Meaning and Determinism in the Athens Charters 4. Aesthetics and Politics: The Building of Nazi Germany 5. The Camp and the Resort: The Exclusion and Inclusion Associatedf with 'Bare Life' 6. Spatial Contestation and Suburban Riots 7. The Architecture of Indefinite and Mandatory Detention 8. Architecture and Ethics: Competition for the Christmas Island Detention Centre 9. Apparatus Index

About the Author

Daniel Grinceri is a practicing architect in Perth, Western Australia. He recently received his PhD on this topic from the University of Western Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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ARCHITECTURE / General
ARC001000
ARCHITECTURE / Criticism