Architecture and Spectacle: A Critique by Gevork Hartoonian

By Gevork Hartoonian

targeting six major modern architects: Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, Bernard Tschumi, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Steven Holl, this ebook places ahead a special and insightful research of "neo-avant-garde" structure. It discusses the spectacle and extra which permeates modern structure in connection with the current aesthetic tendency for photograph making, yet does so through employing the tectonic of theatricality mentioned through the 19th-century German architect Gottfried Semper. In doing so, it breaks new floor by means of beginning up a discussion among the examine of the earlier and the layout of the current. The paintings of every mentioned architect is visible as addressing a historiographical challenge. To this finish, and this can be the second one very important element of this publication, the selected structures are mentioned by way of the thematic of the tradition of establishing (the tectonic of column and wall for instance) quite the formal, and this via a dialogue that's trained by way of the most recent on hand theories. Having set the cultured implication of the procedures of the digitalization of structure, the book's end highlights "strategies" during which structure could put off the total outcomes of digitalization, and therefore the changing into of structure as decoration by itself right.

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