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Theory of architecture

See below for a selection of the latest books from Theory of architecture category. Presented with a red border are the Theory of architecture books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Theory of architecture books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Building Theories

Building Theories

Author: Franca (University of Pennsylvania, USA) Trubiano Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This book explores significant and timely topics for both the design and construction of contemporary architecture by challenging its very practice of theory. It proposes an alternative definition of architectural theory; one that is able and willing to confront the many contradictions now faced by designers, architects, engineers, and builders who negotiate often overwhelming technological imperatives. It valorises the, as yet, untapped potential of thinking through building, preparing the foundations for a critical return to the art of making that is architecture.

The Resistant Object of Architecture

The Resistant Object of Architecture

Author: Petra Ceferin Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2020

Architecture's role is becoming increasingly limited to serving the all-pervasive system of globalised capitalism and becoming a constituent, complicit part of its mechanism. The Resistant Object of Architecture addresses this problem, and does so in a way that represents a marked departure from predominant responses which, as the book shows, do not address the core issue. The book addresses this problem by focusing on the question 'what is architecture?', and responds to this question by developing the immanent structural logic of architecture that enables it to work not only as an instrumental thinking practice, but as a practice of creative thinking. This means that it alone determines its issues, problems, and priorities, and precisely because of that it has the capacity and cogency to destabilise, indeed pierce holes in the system in which it operates. The Resistant Object of Architecture draws on various theoretical sources, from the psychoanalysis of Jacques Lacan and the philosophy of Alain Badiou, to contemporary architectural theory. In contrast to the predominant view of today, it demonstrates that architecture has an affirmative, transformative capacity. This book is an ideal read for those interested in architectural theory and history, analysis of contemporary architecture, and philosophy of architecture.

Beyond Sustainable

Beyond Sustainable

Author: Ryan (University of Cincinnati, School of Architecture and Interior Design, USA) Ludwig Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/12/2020

Beyond Sustainable discusses the relationship between human evolution and the constructed environments of habitation we create living in the Anthropocene, an increasingly volatile and unpredictable landscape of certain change. This volume accepts that human-beings have reached a moment beyond climatological and ecological crisis. It asks not how we resolve the crisis but, rather, how we can cope with, or adapt to, the irreversible changes in the earth-system by rethinking how we choose to inhabit the world-ecology. Through an examination of numerous historical and contemporary projects of architecture and art, as well as observations in philosophy, ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, neurobiology and psychology, this book reimagines architecture capable of influencing and impacting who we are, how we live, what we feel and even how we evolve. Beyond Sustainable provides students and academics with a single comprehensive overview of this architectural reconceptualization, which is grounded in an inclusive and ecocentric understanding of architecture.

Beyond Sustainable

Beyond Sustainable

Beyond Sustainable discusses the relationship between human evolution and the constructed environments of habitation we create living in the Anthropocene, an increasingly volatile and unpredictable landscape of certain change. This volume accepts that human-beings have reached a moment beyond climatological and ecological crisis. It asks not how we resolve the crisis but, rather, how we can cope with, or adapt to, the irreversible changes in the earth-system by rethinking how we choose to inhabit the world-ecology. Through an examination of numerous historical and contemporary projects of architecture and art, as well as observations in philosophy, ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, neurobiology and psychology, this book reimagines architecture capable of influencing and impacting who we are, how we live, what we feel and even how we evolve. Beyond Sustainable provides students and academics with a single comprehensive overview of this architectural reconceptualization, which is grounded in an inclusive and ecocentric understanding of architecture.

Cities and Islamisms

Cities and Islamisms

Author: Bulent (Bilkent University, Turkey) Batuman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/12/2020

This book sheds light on a particular facet of the link between politics and Islam through the analysis of the relationship between Islamism and the built environment. The relationship between Islam and politics has always been controversial; yet, it has possibly never been as controversial as it is at the current moment. This new, edited volume sets to explore the interactions between Islamisms and the built environment through issues such as: Spatial negotiations between nation and Islam in the definition of national identity. Everyday spaces and the making of Islamic milieus. The role of Islam in the making (and/or remaking) of state ideology via architecture and urban planning. The influence of globalization and transnational links on the spatial manifestations of Islam(ism). Transnational architectural exchanges through global Islam. It expands on these issues through case studies analysing the role of the built environment and the urban realm as major mediums in the making of Islamist politics. The case studies incorporate manifestations in Muslim-dominated countries including those where Islam has been at the heart of state ideology (Pakistan and Brunei), those with influential grassroots Islamist networks (pre-revolutionary Iran and Indonesia), those that identify with Islam through global exchanges (UAE, Kazakhstan and Turkey) and countries where Islam is an increasingly significant reference utilized by political actors (Algeria and Lebanon). This book will appeal to students and scholars of architecture, urban studies and cultural studies as well as those interested in the social and political aspects of the built environment.

Cities and Islamisms

Cities and Islamisms

Author: Bulent (Bilkent University, Turkey) Batuman Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/12/2020

This book sheds light on a particular facet of the link between politics and Islam through the analysis of the relationship between Islamism and the built environment. The relationship between Islam and politics has always been controversial; yet, it has possibly never been as controversial as it is at the current moment. This new, edited volume sets to explore the interactions between Islamisms and the built environment through issues such as: Spatial negotiations between nation and Islam in the definition of national identity. Everyday spaces and the making of Islamic milieus. The role of Islam in the making (and/or remaking) of state ideology via architecture and urban planning. The influence of globalization and transnational links on the spatial manifestations of Islam(ism). Transnational architectural exchanges through global Islam. It expands on these issues through case studies analysing the role of the built environment and the urban realm as major mediums in the making of Islamist politics. The case studies incorporate manifestations in Muslim-dominated countries including those where Islam has been at the heart of state ideology (Pakistan and Brunei), those with influential grassroots Islamist networks (pre-revolutionary Iran and Indonesia), those that identify with Islam through global exchanges (UAE, Kazakhstan and Turkey) and countries where Islam is an increasingly significant reference utilized by political actors (Algeria and Lebanon). This book will appeal to students and scholars of architecture, urban studies and cultural studies as well as those interested in the social and political aspects of the built environment.

The Art of Experiment

The Art of Experiment

Author: Rolf (KU Leuven, UK) Hughes, Rachel (University of Newcastle, UK) Armstrong Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/12/2020

A handbook for navigating our troubled and precarious times intended to help readers imagine and make their world anew. In search of new knowledge practices that can help us make the world liveable again, this book takes the reader on a journey across time - from the deep past to the unfolding future. The authors search beyond human knowledge to establish negotiated partnerships with forms of knowledge within the planet itself, examining how we have manipulated these historically through an anthropocentric focus. The book explores the many different kinds of knowledge, and the diversity of instruments needed to invoke and actuate the potency of human and nonhuman agencies. Four key phases in our ways of knowing are identified: material, strengthening, reconfiguring and extending. These are exemplified through case studies that take the form of worlding experiments, creating a handbook for navigating our troubled and precarious times that may help each reader imagine and make their world anew. This pioneering work will inspire architects, artists, and designers as well as students, teachers and researchers across arts and design disciplines.

The Art of Experiment

The Art of Experiment

Author: Rolf (KU Leuven, UK) Hughes, Rachel (University of Newcastle, UK) Armstrong Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/12/2020

A handbook for navigating our troubled and precarious times intended to help readers imagine and make their world anew. In search of new knowledge practices that can help us make the world liveable again, this book takes the reader on a journey across time - from the deep past to the unfolding future. The authors search beyond human knowledge to establish negotiated partnerships with forms of knowledge within the planet itself, examining how we have manipulated these historically through an anthropocentric focus. The book explores the many different kinds of knowledge, and the diversity of instruments needed to invoke and actuate the potency of human and nonhuman agencies. Four key phases in our ways of knowing are identified: material, strengthening, reconfiguring and extending. These are exemplified through case studies that take the form of worlding experiments, creating a handbook for navigating our troubled and precarious times that may help each reader imagine and make their world anew. This pioneering work will inspire architects, artists, and designers as well as students, teachers and researchers across arts and design disciplines.

Pratt Sessions Volume 2

Pratt Sessions Volume 2

Author: David Erdman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2020

Pratt Sessions presents a series of conversations between notable practitioners and thinkers. It is a distributed symposium that is curated and yet open-ended. Based on an ongoing lecture series at Pratt Institute's Graduate Architecture and Urban Design program, each Session brings together two participants as a means of instigating discourse and dissolving and/or reinforcing the artifice of geographically-based discourse networks. Participants are carefully paired together based on the content of their work and the region in which they reside and/or practice. Participants frame their work around a disciplinary provocation in short, non-standard lecture presentations, and engage in an in-depth dialogue. Pratt Sessions is intended as a book series, each volume featuring six conversations, which originally took place over the course of two academic semesters. The six sessions are divided in two areas of focus, exploring and examining how new mediums and new contexts can be defined, redefined, and understood within the realm of architectural design.

Multifamily Housing Development Handbook

Multifamily Housing Development Handbook

Author: Adrienne Schmitz Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/12/2020

Room Behaviour

Room Behaviour

Author: Rob Kovitz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2020

Grace and Gravity

Grace and Gravity

Author: Lars (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) Spuybroek Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/11/2020

How do we live well? The first sentence of Grace and Gravity raises the fundamental question that constantly occupies our minds-and of all those who lived before us. Paradoxically, the impossibility of answering this question opens up the very room needed to find ways of living well. It is the gap where all disciplines fall short, where architecture does not fit its inhabitants, where economy is not based on shortage, where religion cannot be explained by its followers, and where technology works far beyond its own principles. According to Lars Spuybroek, the prize-winning former architect, this marks the point where the paradoxical machine of grace reveals its powers, a point where we cannot say if we are moving or being moved . Following the trail of grace leads him to a new form of analysis that transcends the age-old opposition between appearances and technology. Linking up a dazzling and often delightful variety of sources-monkeys, paintings, lamp posts, octopuses, tattoos, bleeding fingers, rose windows, robots, smart phones, spirits, saints, and fossils-with profound meditations on living, death, consciousness, and existence, Grace and Gravity offers an eye-opening provocation to a wide range of art historians, architects, theologians, anthropologists, artists, media theorists and philosophers.