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The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Architectural History

Edited By

Duanfang Lu

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ISBN 9781138940178
September 30, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
480 Pages 139 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Architectural History features twenty-nine chapters written by leading architectural historians that define and shape future research, practice, and education.

In the past few decades, the study of architecture has increasingly become a highly diverse field. This collection charts its contested territories by offering a comprehensive and provocative knowledge report of contemporary architectural history, practice, and research. It provides an essential map for navigating the complex currents of contemporary architecture.

Divided into three parts – Histories, Interrogations, and Innovations – this book emphasizes diversity, criticality, and creativity in architectural interventions to meet challenges and enact changes in different parts of the world through featured exemplars. The diverse contributions recognize multiple spatial rationalities and incorporate cross-cultural frameworks in studying the competing claims of architectural modernity. Illustrated with over 125 black and white images, this volume offers scholars, students and practitioners an evaluation of current and emerging approaches to architecture.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


  1. Architecture in the Age of Playfulness: Mapping a Framework for Global Historiography – Duanfang Lu, The University of Sydney, Australia
  2. I. Histories

  3. What is Modern Architecture? – Mark Crinson, Birkbeck College (London), UK
  4. Architecture and Image – Hal Foster, Princeton University, USA
  5. Cold War Modernism – Greg Castillo, UC Berkeley, USA
  6. After Deconstructivist Architecture – Jennifer Ferng, The University of Sydney, Australia
  7. Postmodern Utopianism – Simon Sadler, UC Davis, USA 
  8. Metabolism and Beyond – Hajime Yatsuka, Urban Projects Machine, Japan
  9. Professional Agency and Architectural Discourse in Postcolonial India – Peter Scriver and Amit Srivastava, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  10. Architectural Production in Dubai – Kevin Mitchell, American University of Sharjah, UAE
  11. The Afterlives of Modernist Housing – Cecilia Chu, Hong Kong University, China
  12. Social-Interest Architecture in Brazil: The Seed of Something New – Daniela Sandler, University of Minnesota, USA
  13. II. Interrogations

  14. Autonomy, Criticality, and the Avant-Garde – Tahl Kaminer, The University of Edinburgh, UK
  15. Crafting Architectural Criticism – David Leatherbarrow, University of Pennsylvania, USA 
  16. Domesticity, Gender, and Architecture – Lilian Chee, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  17. The Architecture of Preemptive Spectacles – Andrzej Piotrowski, University of Minnesota, USA
  18. Architecture and Phenomenology – David Seamon, Kansas State University, USA
  19. Critical Regionalism: From Critical Theory to Postcolonial and Local Awareness – Vincent Canizaro, The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
  20. Vernacular Architecture – Marcel Vellinga, Oxford Brookes University, UK
  21. Heritage Conservation: The Rise and Fall of a "Grand Narrative" – Miles Glendinning, University of Edinburgh, UK
  22. Power, Empire, and Nation – Anoma Pieris, The University of Melbourne, Australia
  23. Architecture and Globalization – Anthony King, State University of New York, USA


    III. Innovations

  25. Architectural and Medical Innovation in Hospital Design – Annmarie Adams, McGill University, Canada
  26. Electric City Land: Architecture and Media – Mitchell Schwarzer, The California College of the Arts, USA
  27. Divergent Matter: The Problematic Search for Material Suitability in Architecture – Blaine Brownell, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
  28. Building Mass Customized Housing through Innovation in the Production System – James Barlow, Imperial College London, UK and Ritsuko Ozaki, The University of Winchester, UK
  29. The Programmable Architect – Rizal Muslimin, The University of Sydney, Australia
  30. Biomimicry for Sustainable and Regenerative Architecture – Maibritt Pedersen Zari, Victoria University, New Zealand  
  31. Design for Ageing Buildings: An Applied Research of Poikilohydric Living Walls – Marcos Cruz, UCL, UK


Nature, Infrastructure, and Cities – Antoine Picon, Harvard University, USA

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Duanfang Lu is Professor of Architecture and Urbanism and Associate Dean (Research Education) in the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. She has published widely on modern architectural and planning history. Her key publications include Remaking Chinese Urban Form (Routledge, 2006, 2011) and Third World Modernism (Routledge, 2010). She is on the editorial boards of Cities and Planning Perspectives. Lu has been an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Board Director of the Society of Architectural Historians and its inaugural Chair of International Committee (2012–15), and co-founder of Society of Architectural and Urban Historians – Asia.