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Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics

Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century, 1st Edition

By Graham Cairns


274 pages

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Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics brings together a series of thirteen interview-articles by Graham Cairns in collaboration with some of the most prominent polemic thinkers and critical practitioners from the fields of architecture and the social sciences, including Noam Chomsky, Peggy Deamer, Robert A.M. Stern, Daniel Libeskind and Kenneth Frampton. Each chapter explores the relationship between architecture and socio-political issues through discussion of architectural theories and projects, citing specific issues and themes that have led to, and will shape, the various aspects of the current and future built environment. Ranging from Chomsky’s examination of the US–Mexico border as the architecture of oppression to Robert A.M. Stern’s defence of projects for the Disney corporation and George W. Bush, this book places politics at the center of issues within contemporary architecture.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Murray Fraser. Introduction. Part 1: Interview Articles The First of the Format Part 2: Views from the United States and the United Kingdom 1. Noam Chomsky 2. Robert A. M. Stern 3. Peggy Deamer 4. Peter Nears 5. Stephen Hodder 6. Michael Sorkin 7. Paul Goldberger 8. Clare Devine 9. Daniel Libeskind 10. Steven Weir and Gareth Hepworth 11. Kenneth Frampton Part 3: An International Perspective Jonathan Woetzel Index

About the Author

Graham Cairns is an internationally recognized academic and author. Based at Columbia University, New York, while writing this book, he is now Senior Honorary Research Associate at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London. He is Director of the international research organization AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics, Society) and Executive Editor of its scholarly journal, Architecture_MPS. The author and editor of eight books on architecture as visual culture and as a socio-political construct, he has delivered keynote talks internationally and has published multiple articles in interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journals.

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