By K. Michael Hays
Within the dialogue of structure, there's a triumphing sentiment that, given that 1968, cultural creation in its conventional experience can now not be understood to upward push spontaneously, as an issue of social direction, yet needs to now be built via ever extra self-conscious theoretical techniques. the advance of interpretive modes of varied stripes—post-structuralist, Marxian, phenomenological, psychoanalytic, in addition to others dissenting or eccentric—has given students a variety of instruments for rethinking structure when it comes to different fields and for reasserting architectures common value in highbrow discourse.
This anthology offers forty-seven of the first texts of structure idea, introducing each one with an explication of the recommendations and different types precious for its knowing and overview. It additionally provides twelve records of initiatives or occasions that had significant theoretical repercussions for the interval. a number of of the essays seem right here in English for the 1st time.
Contributors: Diana Agrest, Stanford Anderson, Archizoom, George Baird, Jennifer Bloomer, Massimo Cacciari, Jean-Louis Cohen, Beatriz Colomina, Alan Colquhoun, Maurice Culot, Jacques Derrida, Ignasi de Solá-Morales, Peter Eisenman, Robin Evans, Michel Foucault, Kenneth Frampton, Mario Gandelsonas, Frank Gehry, Jürgen Habermas, John Hejduk, Denis Hollier, Bernard Huet, Catherine Ingraham, Fredric Jameson, Charles A. Jencks, Jeffrey Kipnis, Fred Koetter, Rem Koolhaas, Leon Krier, Sanford Kwinter, Henri Lefebvre, Daniel Libeskind, Mary McLeod, Alberto Pérez-Gómez, José Quetglas, Aldo Rossi, Colin Rowe, Massimo Scolari, Denise Scott Brown, Robert Segrest, Jorge Silvetti, Robert Somol, Martin Steinmann, Robert A. M. Stern, James Stirling, Manfredo Tafuri, Georges Teyssot, Bernard Tschumi, Anthony Vidler, Paul Virilio, Mark Wigley.
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The urban structure in itself, as a physical and functional unity, became the repository of a new scale of values; it was to the dimension of the landscape itself that one should look for the meaning of its communications. At Algiers, Corbusier took the old Casbah, the hills of Fortl’Empe´reur, and the coastal inlets as raw materials to be reused, veritable, gigantic ready-made objects to which the new structure redefining them would offer a previously nonexistent unity, overturning their original significations.
Design, as a method of organizing production more than of configuring objects, did away with the utopian vestiges inherent in the poetics of the avant-gardes. Ideology was no longer superimposed on activity—which was now concrete because it was connected to real cycles of production—but was inherent in the activity itself. But design too, despite its realism, presented unsatisfied demands; and in the impetus it gave to the organization of enterprises and production, it too contained a hint of utopianism.
Works such as Poelzig’s Schauspieltheater in Berlin, Fritz Ho¨ger’s Chilehaus and other Hamburg buildings, and the Berlin buildings of Hans Hertlein and Ernst and Gu¨nther Paulus, certainly did not constitute a new urban reality. But by exasperating already existing forms through an excess of pathos, they commented on the contradictions of the operative reality. The two poles of Expressionism and the Neue Sachlichkeit once again symbolized the inherent rift in European culture. Between the destruction of the object, its replacement by a process intended to be experienced as such (a transformation effected by the artistic revolution brought about by the Bauhaus and the Constructivist currents) and the exasperation of the object (typical of the lacerating but ambiguous eclecticism of the Expressionists), there could be no real dialogue.
Architecture Theory since 1968 by K. Michael Hays