Architecture's Historical Turn
Phenomenology and the Rise of the Postmodern
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Minnesota Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
When I entered Cornell University’s undergraduate architecture program in the 1980s, an older student handed my classmates and me a copy of Christian Norberg-Schulz’s Genius Loci and told us to read it if we wanted to get through school. I naively followed her advice and continued to read about architectural phenomenology for years. ...
Introduction: Architectural Intellectuality at the Dawn of Postmodernism
By the early 1960s, a young postwar generation of architects had seized the idea that architecture should participate in the liberation of human experience from the constraints of the social status quo. Raised during the ascendancy of postwar modernism in the West, they viewed its austere institutionalized aesthetics as the emblem of an oppressive and closed social order. ...
1. A Polygraph of Architectural Phenomenology:
The nature of architectural phenomenology makes it challenging to historicize. That it presented itself as a new way of doing architectural history requires that one contend with its historiographical conventions without succumbing to them. ...
2. Eucharistic Architecture: Jean Labatut and the Search for Pure Sensation
In 1973, the University of Virginia awarded the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Medal to Jean Labatut for his lifetime contribution to the advancement of architecture.1 Previous recipients included Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1966), Alvar Aalto (1967), Marcel Breuer (1968), John Ely Burchard (1969), Kenzo Tange (1970), ...
3. LSDesign: Charles W. Moore and the Delirious Interior
In December 1979, Progressive Architecture asked American architects to nominate the most influential architects from among their peers. Charles Moore (1925–1993) made the top ten. He also came in first in terms of number of pages devoted to a single architect by the magazine. ...
4. Photo[historio]graphy: Christian Norberg-Schulz’s Demotion of Textual History
Christian Norberg-Schulz was one of the most influential architecture theorists of the 1960s and 1970s. He was a key interpreter of phenomenology in general and of Martin Heidegger in particular for architectural audiences. His popular definition of architecture as a meaningful expression of the genius loci, or the spirit of place, ...
5. Surplus Experience: Kenneth Frampton and the Subterfuges of Bourgeois Taste
For Kenneth Frampton, making buildings where people could pursue aesthetic experiences was an ethical commitment dependent on, and appropriate to, progressive social politics. However, despite Frampton’s enormous influence in architectural culture around the world, the experiential core of his theory of critical regionalism remains unexamined. ...
Epilogue: After Architectural Phenomenology
Architectural phenomenology radically transformed architectural historiography, expanding traditional theories of history beyond mere writing conventions to include a more ambiguous experiential intellectual realm expressed through photography, graphic design, camouflage studies, and in short, a wealth of visual techniques imported from architectural practice. ...
About the Author
Page Count: 320
Publication Year: 2010
OCLC Number: 743028803
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