1st Edition

Benjamin for Architects

ISBN 9780415558150
Published January 12, 2011 by Routledge
160 Pages

USD $34.95

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Book Description

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, Le Corbusier and Sigfried Giedion, this book also situates Benjamin’s work within more recent developments in architecture and urbanism.

This is a concise, coherent account of the relevance of Walter Benjamin’s writings to architects, locating Benjamin’s critical work within the context of contemporary architecture and urbanism.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Metropolitanism and Method  2. Radicalism and Revolution  3. Modernism and Memory  4. Utopianism and Utility  5. Participation and Politics  6. Benjamin's Memorial

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Brian Elliott currently teaches philosophy at Oregon State and Portland State University. His recent book Constructing Community (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010) is an exploration of three contemporary theories of community in light of currently influential approaches to urban development across liberal democracies.