While the concept of "type" has been present in architectural discourse since its formal introduction at the end of the eighteenth century, its role in the development of architectural projects has not been comprehensively analyzed. This book proposes a reassessment of architectural type throughout history and its impact on the development of architectural theory and practice. Beginning with Laugier's 1753 Essay on Architecture, Unexpected Affinities: The History of Type in the Architectural Project from Laugier to Duchamp traces type through nineteenth- and twentiethth-century architectural movements and thoeries, culminating in a discussion of the affinities between architectural type and Duchamp's concept of the readymade. Includes over sixty black and white images.
"For Meninato, types are tools for “generating the architectural project.” For the rest of us, the book generates a richer appreciation of what surrounds and surprises us every day."
AJ Sabatini, thebroadstreetreview.com, What's your "type"?
TABLE OF CONTENTS
LIST OF FIGURES
PART 1: NINETEENTH CENTURY—ORIGINS, IMITATION, TYPE
Chapter 1. Towards an Inaugural Definition of Type
Chapter 2. Semper’s Knot
PART 2: TWENTIETH CENTURY—SHIFTING CONSIDERATIONS
Chapter 3. Modern Architecture’s Uncertain Consideration of Type
Chapter 4. Typology Reconsidered
PART 3: TYPE AND PROJECT—ALTERATION TACTICS
Chapter 5. Typological Alterations
Chapter 6. Affinities: Typological Displacement and Readymade