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Paradigm Islands: Manhattan and Venice
Discourses on Architecture and the City

ISBN 9780415561853
Published March 17, 2011 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

Concerning architecture and the city, built, imagined and narrated, this book focuses on Manhattan and Venice, but considers architecture as an intellectual and spatial process rather than a product.

A critical look at the making of Manhattan and Venice provides a background to addressing the dynamic redefinition and making of space today. The gradual processes of adjustment, the making of a constantly changing dense space, the emphasis on forming rather than on figure, the incorporation of new forms and languages through their adaptation and transformation, make both Manhattan and Venice, in different ways, the ideal places to contextualize and address the issue of an architecture of the dynamic.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Paradigm Islands  Part 2: Frames  1. Learning from Manhattan, Designing the Frivolous: Rem Koolhaas from ‘Delirious’ to ‘Junkspace’  2. Building on Tension, Learning from Venice: Manfredo Tafuri’s History Between renovatio and Continuity  Part 3: Makings  3. Manhattan Grid: the City as a Script  4. Manhattan Surfacing: Central Park  5. From Grid to ‘Grid Effect’  6. Venice Traces: Grids, Mats, Tentacles  7. Venice Impossible: Representations of the Dynamic  Part 4: Readings  8. Manhattan: Performance, Artificial Chorality and Exhibitionism  9. Venice: Normative Chorality, Masks, Tenderness  Part 5: Modern(s)  10. Le Corbusier and Manhattan  11. Le Corbusier and Venice  Part 6: Contemporaries  12. The City as Event: Bernard Tschumi in Manhattan  13. Topology to Diagram: Peter Eisenman Between Venice and Manhattan  14. The City as Diagram. Gianugo Polesello’s Venice  Part 7: Representations  Part 8: Islands

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Teresa Stoppani is Reader in Architecture at the University of Greenwich, UK, where she directs the postgraduate Architecture History and Theory courses, and visiting lecturer in History and Theory Studies at the Architectural Association, London, UK.