By K. Michael Hays
Within the dialogue of structure, there's a winning sentiment that, when you consider that 1968, cultural construction in its conventional feel can not be understood to upward thrust spontaneously, as a question of social direction, yet needs to now be built via ever extra self-conscious theoretical systems. the improvement of interpretive modes of assorted stripes—post-structuralist, Marxian, phenomenological, psychoanalytic, in addition to others dissenting or eccentric—has given students more than a few instruments for rethinking structure relating to different fields and for reasserting architectures common significance in highbrow discourse.
This anthology provides forty-seven of the first texts of structure concept, introducing every one with an explication of the innovations and different types precious for its realizing and assessment. 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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Unlike May in his Frankfurter Ku¨che, Le Corbusier does not crystallize the minimum production unit in standard functional elements. On the level of the individual object, one must consider the need for continuous technological revolution, styling, and rapid use—needs dictated by an active capitalism in the process of expansion. 23 In this light, the significance of the project becomes quite clear. The subject of the urban reorganization is a public that is called upon and made a critical participant in its own creative role.
It is here that the links holding the great tradition of bourgeois art together in a single whole become more concretely manifest. We can now see how our initial consideration of Piranesi as both theorist and critic of the conditions of an art no longer universalizing and not yet bourgeois serves to shed light on the problem. Criticism, problematics, programmatics: such are the pillars on which was founded the “modern movement,” which as a program for modeling the “bourgeois man” as an absolute “type” undoubtedly had its own internal consistency (even if this is not the same consistency recognized by current historians).
The model of the Siedlung is one such example. Yet a theoretical constant of this sort reproduced in the city the disaggregate form of the early technological production line: the city remained an aggregate of parts functionally unified at the lowest level, and even within each single “piece”—the workingclass quarter—the unification of methods soon proved to be a rather uncertain tool. The crisis, in the specific area of architecture, came to a head in 1930, in Berlin’s Siemensstadt. It is quite incredible that modern historians have not yet acknowledged the famous Berlin Siedlung, planned by Scharoun, as a crucial historical moment in which one of the most serious ruptures within the “modern movement” occurred.
Architecture Theory since 1968 by K. Michael Hays