Cover

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Title Page, About the Series, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

This book has been with us for several years. No project of such duration can come to fruition without touching many friends and scholars. We are thus indebted to a wide orbit of folks, who, from conversation to editing drafts, have helped shape the final outcome. ...

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Introduction: Modernism, Postmodernism, and Architecture's Social Project

Thomas A. Button, Lian Hurst Mann

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pp. 1-26

Today, as the world teeters on the edge of a new millennium, saddled with unprecedented technological capability as well as untold human suffering, architects concerned with the global transformations of civil society wrestle with the problems of how to theorize and practice politically progressive architecture. ...

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1 The Suppression of the Social in Design: Architecture as War

Anthony Ward

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pp. 27-70

Architecture is said to be "the Mother of the Arts," the quintessential social art, indeed as nothing but social—it is produced to shelter human activity and to express its significance; it is the backdrop against which the drama of everyday life is unavoidably played out, constraining and shaping possible social interactions. ...

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2 The F Word in Architecture: Feminist Analyses in/of/for Architecture

Sherry Ahrentzen

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pp. 71-118

If that word is "Frank," it's glorified, debated, canonized, and meticulously studied. Constantly. There are more than one hundred publications on Frank Lloyd Wright alone.1 ...

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3 Second Nature: On the Social Bond of Ecology and Architecture

Richard Ingersoll

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pp. 119-157

Ecology and architecture make strange, but star-crossed, bedfellows. The former is the study of how all things in the natural world are related to each other, while the latter is in its essentials the reaction of the human imagination to nature's inhospitality to dwelling. ...

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4 Cultural Studies and Critical Pedagogy: Cultural Pedagogy and Architecture

Thomas A. Button

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pp. 158-201

The last fifteen to twenty years have witnessed extensive change in architectural expression and discourse. Architecture has exploded into a throng of aesthetic styles and preferences, each striving for visibility. Such distinguishes the postmodern in architecture, where the command of a visual dominant is neutralized by the sheer volume of competing fashions that simultaneously (and contradictorily) stand independent and incorporate each other. ...

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5 Accommodation and Resistance: The Built Environment and the African American Experience

Bradford C. Grant

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pp. 202-233

American architecture, the design and planning of the environment, has rarely been studied through the lens of race, let alone its association with culture and class. "Race" has always remained invisible in environmental design. As with most aspects of our society, race and culture are in part architecturally constructed, just as architecture can be racially and culturally deconstructed. ...

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6 Deconstruction and Architecture

Margaret Soltan

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pp. 234-258

Four long city blocks from my house on Capitol Hill, the wide diagonal of Pennsylvania Avenue marks a supremely important American site: "Main Street, U.S.A.," the tour guides call it, reminding visitors of famous inaugural, funeral, and protest marches from the Capitol to the White House. Along with well-established monumental buildings like the National Gallery of Art, ...

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7 Subverting the Avant-Garde: Critical Theory's Real Strategy

Lian Hurst Mann

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pp. 259-318

As fascist ideology moves once again from veiled menace to bold contender throughout a newly recapitalized Europe and across the United States, as Mafia henchmen rule the streets of Moscow, as the People's Republic of China offers neither democracy nor socialism, the reexamination of European Marxist theory is one productive study to undertake ...

Contributors

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pp. 319-320

Index

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pp. 321-329