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Critical Architecture

1st Edition

Edited by Jane Rendell, Jonathan Hill, Mark Dorrian, Murray Fraser


348 pages

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Critical Architecture examines the relationship between critical practice in architecture and architectural criticism. Placing architecture in an interdisciplinary context, the book explores architectural criticism with reference to modes of criticism in other disciplines - specifically art criticism - and considers how critical practice in architecture operates through a number of different modes: buildings, drawings and texts.

With forty essays by an international cast of leading architectural academics, this accessible single source text on the topical subject of architectural criticism is ideal for undergraduate as well as post graduate study.

Table of Contents

Introduction: ‘Critical Architecture: Between Criticism and Design’ Jane Rendell Part 1: Criticism/Negation/Action Introduction Mark Dorrian 1. ‘Criticality and Operativity’ Andrew Leach 2. ‘Unfinished Business: The Historical Project after Manfredo Tafuri’ Teresa Stoppani 3. ‘Architecture as Critical Knowledge’ David Cunningham 4. ‘Passing through Deconstruction’ Andrew Benjamin 5. ‘Utopia, Critique, and Contemporary Discourse’ Hilde Heynen 6. ‘Militant Architecture: Destabilising Architecture’s Disciplinarity’ Daniel Barber 7. ‘Architecture’s Critical Context: The Athens’ Activist Experiment’ Maria Theodorou 8. ‘Criticism in/and/of Crisis’ Naomi Stead Part 2: Architecture-Writing Introduction Jane Rendell 1. ‘The DROWNING METHOD: On Giving an Account in Practice-Based Research’ Rolf Hughes 2. ‘The Poetics of Urban Inscription: From Metaphorical Cognition to Counter-Representation’ Laura Ruggeri 3. ‘Critical Action and Active Criticism’ Paul Shepheard 4. ‘Film as Spatial Critique’ Patrick Keiller 5. ‘Architectural History, Friendship and Filmed Conversations’ Igea Troiani 6. ‘Image, Text, Architecture: The Presence that "WAS HERE"’ Robin Wilson 7. ‘Fluttering Butterflies, a Dusty Road, and a Muddy Stone: Criticality in Distraction (Haga Park, Stockholm, 2004)’ Katja Grillner 8. ‘Memoirs: It will have already happened’ Sharon Kivland 9. ‘Site-Writing: Enigma and Embellishment’ Jane Rendell Part 3: Criticism by Design Introduction Jonathan Hill 1. ‘Centuries of Ambiguity: Sublime and Beautiful Weather at the Farnsworth House’ Jonathan Hill 2. ‘Immediate Architecture’ Phillipe Rahm 3. ‘Alvin Boyarsky’s Delicatessen’ Igor Marjanovic 4. ‘Out of the Salon – with Natalie Barney towards a Critically Queer Architecture’ Katarina Bonnevier 5. ‘Writing about Things and the Doing of Them’ Ben Nicholson 6. ‘Quilting Jakarta’ Stephen Cairns 7. ‘Where is the Project? Cedric Price on Architectural Action’ Tim Anstey 8. ‘The Fall: The Allegorical Architectural Project as a Critical Method’ Penelope Haralambidou 9. ‘On Drawing Forth, Designs and Ideas’ Victoria Watson Part 4: Cultural Context Introduction Murray Fraser 1. ‘I Mean to be Critical, But…’ Kim Dovey 2. ‘Critical Post-Critical: Problems of Effect, Experience and Immersion’ Charles Rice 3. ‘A Critical Architectural Icon and its Contextual Argumentation’ Elisabeth Tostrup 4. ‘Three Scenarios for a Critical Architecture of Desert Mobility’ Gini Lee 5. ‘The Responsive City’ Ana Betancour 6. ‘China as a Global Site: in a Critical Geography of Design’ Jianfei Zhu 7. ‘Critical Practice’ Sarah Wigglesworth 8.‘Architecture for an Active Edge: the Gateway, Derby’ Steve McAdam, Fluid 9. ‘Neuland: Disenchanted Utopias for Tel Aviv’ Alona Nitzan-Shiftan, Ganit Mayslits Kassif & Udi Kassif 10. ‘Beyond Koolhaas’ Murray Fraser

About the Editors

Jane Rendell is Professor of Architecture and Art and Director of Architectural Research at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

Jonathan Hill is Professor of Architecture and Visual Theory and Director of the MPhil/PhD by Architectural Design programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture.

Murray Fraser is Professor of Architecture at the University of Westminster in London.

Mark Dorrian is Reader in Architecture at the School of Arts, Culture and Environment, University of Edinburgh and co-director of Metis.

About the Series


Critical Studies in Architectural Humanities
Critiques is the book series of the AHRA – Architectural Humanities Research Association. Originally established in 2003 AHRA supports and disseminates interdisciplinary scholarship in all areas under the broad heading of architectural humanities, including architectural history, theory, culture, design and urbanism.

This original series of edited books contains selections of essays developed from the best papers presented at the annual AHRA International Conferences. Each year the event has a particular thematic focus while sharing an emphasis on new and emerging areas of critical research. Recent interdisciplinary areas addressed include urban studies, spatial politics, anthropology, exhibitions and representation.

To find out more about AHRA activities including the themes to be addressed in forthcoming conferences please follow the link below:

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