1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Architectural History

Edited By Duanfang Lu Copyright 2024
    508 Pages 139 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Architectural History offers a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge report on recent developments in architectural production and research. Divided into three parts – Practices, Interrogations, and Innovations – this book charts diversity, criticality, and creativity in architectural interventions to meet challenges and enact changes in different parts of the world through featured exemplars and fresh theoretical orientations.

    The collection features 29 chapters written by leading architectural scholars and highlights the reciprocity between the historical and the contemporary, research and practice, and disciplinary and professional knowledge. Providing an essential map for navigating the complex currents of contemporary architecture, the Companion will interest students, academics, and practitioners who wish to bolster their understanding of built environments.

    Table of Contents


    1. Architecture in the Age of Playfulness: Mapping a Framework for Global Historiography – Duanfang Lu
    2. Part I. Practices: Introduction

    3. What Is Modern Architecture? – Mark Crinson
    4. Architecture and Image – Hal Foster
    5. Cold War Modernism – Greg Castillo
    6. Deconstructivist Architecture – Jennifer Ferng
    7. Postmodern Utopianism – Simon Sadler 
    8. Metabolism and Beyond – Hajime Yatsuka
    9. Professional Agency and Architectural Discourse in Postcolonial India Peter Scriver and Amit Srivastava
    10. Architectural Production in Dubai – Kevin Mitchell
    11. The Afterlives of Modernist Housing – Cecilia L. Chu
    12. Social-Interest Architecture in Brazil: The Seed of Something New – Daniela Sandler
    13. Part II. Interrogations: Introduction

    14. Autonomy, Criticality, and the Avant-Garde – Tahl Kaminer
    15. Crafting Architectural Criticism – David Leatherbarrow 
    16. Domesticity, Gender, and Architecture Lilian Chee
    17. Architecture and Preemptive Spectacles – Andrzej Piotrowski
    18. Architecture and Phenomenology David Seamon
    19. Critical Regionalism: From Critical Theory to Postcolonial and Local Awareness Vincent B. Canizaro
    20. Vernacular Architecture – Marcel Vellinga
    21. Heritage Conservation: The Rise and Fall of a "Grand Narrative" – Miles Glendinning
    22. Power, Empire, and Nation Anoma Pieris
    23. Architecture and Globalization – Anthony D. King


      III. Innovations: Introduction

    25. Architectural and Medical Innovation in Hospital Design – Annmarie Adams
    26. Electric City Land: Architecture and Media – Mitchell Schwarzer
    27. Divergent Matter: The Problematic Search for Material Suitability in Architecture – Blaine Brownell
    28. Building Mass Customized Housing through Innovation in the Production System: Lessons from Japan – James Barlow and Ritsuko Ozaki
    29. The Programmable Architect – Rizal Muslimin
    30. Biomimicry for Sustainable and Regenerative Architecture – Maibritt Pedersen Zari  
    31. Design for Ageing Buildings: An Applied Research of Poikilohydric Living Walls – Marcos Cruz

    29. Nature, Infrastructure, and Cities – Antoine Picon


    Duanfang Lu is Professor of Architecture and Urbanism and Associate Dean (Research Education) in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. She is ranked as the world’s 16th most influential researcher in Architecture in 1996–2018 by PLOS. Her widely read books Remaking Chinese Urban Form (2006, 2011) and Third World Modernism (2011) were also published by Routledge.

    'The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Architectural History is an incisive guide to global architecture and design practices in the twentieth-first century. Duanfang Lu’s panoramic introduction provides a scaffolding for her collaborators’ essays on topics ranging from architectural production to theories and criticism, social uses of architecture, and significant but often-overlooked building types such as mass customized housing and hospitals. This book will be essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the world’s architecture of recent decades.' - Dell Upton, University of California, Los Angeles


    'Have you ever looked at recent architecture and wondered “What the heck were they thinking??” Well now you’ll know. These relatively short, punchy pieces by some of architecture’s most inventive international thinkers cover an astonishing range of influences on architecture since World War II, many that never should have been forgotten.' - Dana Buntrock, University of California, Berkeley


    'With its valuable breadth of scholarly voices, The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Architectural History offers an authoritative and much-needed historiography; a map to orient readers within the rapidly expanding array of approaches and archives in architectural history. As a deceptively young field of inquiry, architectural history will be well-served by this comprehensive accounting of established, emerging, and speculative perspectives that promise an exciting future for the field.' - Timothy W. Hyde, Massachusetts Institute of Technology