This collection of previously unpublished essays from a diverse range of well-known scholars and architects builds on the architectural tradition of phenomenological hermeneutics as developed by Dalibor Veseley and Joseph Rykwert and carried on by David Leatherbarrow, Peter Carl and Alberto Pérez-Gómez.
Taking an interdisciplinary approach and drawing on ideas from beyond the architectural canon, contributors including Kenneth Frampton, David Leatherbarrow, Juhani Pallasmaa, Karsten Harries, Steven Holl, Indra Kagis McEwen, Paul Emmons, and Louise Pelletier offer new insights and perspectives on questions such as the following:
Given the recent fascination with all things digital and novel, what is the role of history and theory in contemporary architectural praxis?
Is authentic meaning possible in a technological environment that is so global and interconnected?
What is the nature and role of the architect in our shared modern world?
How can these questions inform a new model of architectural praxis?
Architecture's Appeal is a thought-provoking book which will inspire further scholarly inquiry and act as a basis for discussion in the wider field as well as graduate seminars in architectural theory and history.
'At a time when architectural theory might go unquestioned and the monologue of the technological paradigm and digital age seem to offer the possibility for an endless agenda and sense of progress, a group of well known scholars address the role of poetics and ethics within architecture providing insight from many and diverse angles. A must read for all those intending to gaze deeper into their own age from a contemporary perspective in architectural theory.' - Federica Goffi, Associate Professor, Architect, PhD Associate Director Graduate Programs Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism Carleton University, Canada
'Architecture’s Appeal is a timely reminder of the role of history and theory in a world so infatuated with technology and gratuitous formal explorations. At the very core of these reflections within the book is the belief that our past is relevant, and provides critical insight into new possible realities and roles yet to be invented for the architects of the future.' - Gregory Henriquez, Managing Partner, Henriquez Partners Architects, Canada
Acknowledgements. Introduction Marc Neveu and Negin Djavaherian Part 1: Invoking the Gods 1. The Reading Chamber Robert Kirkbride 2. The Tower of Babel and Jacob's Pillar: Hegel, Heidegger, and the Death of Architecture Karsten Harries 4. Reading What is Written Between the Lines: The Esoteric Dimension of Ebenezer Howard's Garden Cities of To-Morrow Paul Emmons 4.On Virtue and Thomas Jefferson Indra Kagis McEwen Interlude A: The Architect's Fall Santiago de Orduña Part 2: Worldmaking 5. Made in Usage: Architecture in Furetière’s Dictionnaire Universel Caroline Dionne 6. Beyond Expression Lily Chi 7. On Water and Other Fluids: A Bloody Account of Urban Circulation Louise Pelletier 8. Earth or World? Aerial Image and the Prosthetic Imagination Lawrence Bird Interlude B: The Door of Theory Marco Frascari Part 3: Flesh/Eros 9. Tough Love: A Study of the Architecture of Pezo von Ellrichshausen David Leatherbarrow 10. Flesh of Stone: Buildings, Statues, Entangled Bodies Tracey Eve Winton 11. Genius as Eros Lian Chikako Chang 12. The Tactile Legacy of Alvar Aalto and its Relevance to Contemporary Practice Kenneth Frampton Interlude C: Sigmund Freud or the Dark
Forest Room Revisited Natalija Subotincic Part 4: Fusion of Horizons 13. Voices of Tranquility: Silence in Art and Architecture Juhani Pallasmaa 14. An Architectural Creation Myth Borrowed from the Phenomenology of Music Stephen Parcell 15. Modus Operandi of an Architectus Doli: Architectural Cunning in the Comic Plays of Plautus Lisa Landrum 16. Towards an Ecology of the Palladian Villa Graham Livesey Interlude D: Transformative Power of Architecture Steven Holl Part 5: After the Crisis 17. Juan O'Gorman and the Genesis and Overcoming of Functionalism in Mexican Modern Architecture Juan Manuel Heredia 18. Architecture or Acceleration: Position as Opposition Anne Bordeleau 19. Building Upon Love in an Age of Innovation Peter Olshavsky 20. Content and Craft: What do we do when we do the History of Architecture? David Theodore Interlude E: Two Poems 2000-2011 Ricardo L. Castro List of Figures. List of Contributors.