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World's greatest architect : making, meaning, and network culture

Author: William J Mitchell
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2008.
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Artifacts (including works of architecture) play dual roles; they simultaneously perform functions and carry meaning. Columns support roofs, but while the sturdy Tuscan and Doric types traditionally signify masculinity, the slim and elegant Ionic and Corinthian kinds read as feminine. Words are often inscribed on objects. (On a door: "push" or "pull.") Today, information is digitally encoded (dematerialized) and  Read more...
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Mitchell, William J. (William John), 1944-
World's greatest architect.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2008000646
(OCoLC)190621146
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William J Mitchell
ISBN: 9780262288217 0262288214 9781435662919 1435662911 0262633647 9780262633642 1282899163 9781282899162
OCLC Number: 245529915
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 146 pages)
Contents: Kicking the bottle --
Paper wonders --
Viva Venturi --
Sin no more --
Loveliest of trees --
Alberti's anniversary --
The Net has a thousand eyes --
Surveillance cookbook --
Forget foreign wars --
Everyday low --
Texas chain store --
Right place at the wrong time --
Best practices --
Mama don't take my megapixels --
Instruments and algorithms --
Theory of black holes --
Elegy in a landfill --
Theory of everything --
Deep focus --
Dappled things ---
Morphology of the biopic --
Little blue coupe --
Bicycle socialism --
Faux book --
Man of steel --
It's not easy --
Imagined Wall Street --
The eagle flies --
Architectural assassination --
Urban plastination --
Civic immunology --
World's greatest architect.
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Function and meaning in architecture and elsewhere, from tongue-in-cheek instructions for creating a surveillance state to reflections on the architecture of the potato chip.World's Greatest  Read more...

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Here's a provocative collection of witty, insightful, and argumentative essays that helps us think about the world of architecture and design in new and startling ways. * Kansas City Star *

 
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