Architecture's Historical Turn
Phenomenology and the Rise of the Postmodern
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Minnesota Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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When I entered Cornell University’s undergraduate architecture program in the1980s, 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 throughschool. I naively followed her advice and continued to read about architecturalphenomenology for years. Later, I decided to write this book in order to critically...
Introduction: Architectural Intellectuality at the Dawn of Postmodernism
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By the early 1960s, a young postwar generation of architects had seized theidea that architecture should participate in the liberation of human experiencefrom the constraints of the social status quo. Raised during the ascendancy ofpostwar modernism in the West, they viewed its austere institutionalized aesthetics as the emblem of an oppressive and closed social order. They thought...
1 A Polygraph of Architectural Phenomenology
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The nature of architectural phenomenology makes it challenging to histori-cize. That it presented itself as a new way of doing architectural history requiresthat one contend with its historiographical conventions without succumbing to them. Yet after architectural phenomenology, it is not possible to simply approach it through the traditional historiographical frameworks it undermined...
2 Eucharistic Architecture
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In 1973, the University of Virginia awarded the prestigious Thomas JeffersonMemorial Foundation Medal to Jean Labatut for his lifetime contribution to theadvancement of architecture.1 Previous recipients included Ludwig Mies van derRohe (1966), Alvar Aalto (1967), Marcel Breuer (1968), John Ely Burchard (1969),Kenzo Tange (1970), Jose Luis Sert (1971), and Lewis Mumford (1972). Labatut’s...
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In December 1979, Progressive Architecture asked American architects tonominate 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 pagesdevoted to a single architect by the magazine. His influence was not confined tothe profession but extended deep into academia as well. In 1989 the American...
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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
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For Kenneth Frampton, making buildings where people could pursue aestheticexperiences was an ethical commitment dependent on, and appropriate to, progressive social politics. However, despite Frampton’s enormous influence inarchitectural culture around the world, the experiential core of his theory of critical regionalism remains unexamined. Unless we deeply comprehend how...
Epilogue: After Architectural Phenomenology
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Architectural phenomenology radically transformed architectural historiog-raphy, expanding traditional theories of history beyond mere writing conven-tions to include a more ambiguous experiential intellectual realm expressedthrough photography, graphic design, camouflage studies, and in short, a wealthof visual techniques imported from architectural practice. Yet the intellectual...
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About the Author
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Jorge Otero-Pailos is assistant professor of historic preservation at the GraduateSchool of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. Heis founder and editor of the architecture and preservation journal Future Anterior....
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Plate 1. Charles Moore, proposal for a new fountain in the plaza of Mies van der Rohe’s SeagramBuilding, New York, 1954–57. Courtesy of Princeton University Archives, Department of Rare BooksPlate 2. Charles Moore, proposal for a new fountain in the plaza of SOM’s Lever House Building,New York, 1951–52. Courtesy of Princeton University Archives, Department of Rare Books and FACING PAGE: Plate 3. Charles Moore’s unit at Sea Ranch Condominiums, showing early experi-...
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Publication Year: 2010