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The ethical function of architecture

Author: Karsten Harries
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In a series of cogent and balanced arguments, Harries questions the premises on which architects and theorists have long relied - premises that have contributed to architecture's current identity crisis and marginalization. He first criticizes the aesthetic approach, focusing on the problems of decoration and ornament. He then turns to the language of architecture. If the main task of architecture is indeed
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karsten Harries
ISBN: 0262082527 9780262082525 9780262581714 026258171X
OCLC Number: 34669269
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 8th Annual AIA International Architecture Book Award for Criticism.
Description: xiii, 403 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: Postmodern Prelude --
2. The Aesthetic Approach --
3. The Problem of Decoration --
4. The Promise of Ornament --
5. The Decorated Shed --
6. The Language Problem --
7. Representation and Symbol --
8. Representation and Re-Presentation --
9. Tales of the Origin of Building --
10. Building and Dwelling --
11. Space and Place --
12. The Voices of Space --
13. Learning from Two Invisible Houses --
14. Building, Dwelling, and Time --
15. The Terror of Time and the Love of Geometry --
16. Mold and Ruins --
17. Death, Love, and Building --
18. Architecture and Building --
19. The Publicness of Architecture --
20. Grave and Monument --
21. The Representation of Life --
22. Dreams of Utopia.
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Developing the claim that contemporary architecture's main task is to interpret a way of life valid for our time, the author of this text answers that architecture should serve a common ethos.  Read more...

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