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The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory

The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory

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January 2012 | 776 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Offers an intense scholarly experience in its comprehensiveness, its variety of voices and its formal organization... the editors took a risk, experimented and have delivered a much-needed resource that upends the status-quo."
- Architectural Histories, journal of the European Architectural History Network

"Architectural theory interweaves interdisciplinary understandings with different practices, intentions and ways of knowing. This handbook provides a lucid and comprehensive introduction to this challenging and shifting terrain, and will be of great interest to students, academics and practitioners alike."
- Professor Iain Borden, UCL Bartlett School of Architecture

"In this collection, architectural theory expands outward to interact with adjacent discourses such as sustainability, conservation, spatial practices, virtual technologies, and more. We have in The Handbook of Architectural Theory an example of the extreme generosity of architectural theory. It is a volume that designers and scholars of many stripes will welcome."
- K. Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, Harvard University

The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, it examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections:

  • Power/Difference/Embodiment
  • Aesthetics/Pleasure/Excess
  • Nation/World/Spectacle
  • History/Memory/Tradition
  • Design/Production/Practice
  • Science/Technology/Virtuality
  • Nature/Ecology/Sustainability
  • City/Metropolis/Territory.  

Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book is organized around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory.
C. Greig Crysler, Stephen Cairns and Hilde Heynen
Introduction - 1: Architectural Theory in an Expanded Field
C Greig Crysler, Stephen Cairns, Hilde Heynen
Introduction - 2: Reading the Handbook
Hilde Heynen and Gwendolyn Wright
Introduction: Shifting Paradigms and Concerns
Ole W Fischer
Architecture, Capitalism and Criticality
Jyoti Hosagrahar
Interrogating Difference: Post-Colonial Perspectives in Architecture and Urbanism
Jane Rendell
Tendencies and Trajectories: Feminist Approaches in Architecture
Section 1 Bibliography
Ines Weizman
John Macarthur and Naomi Stead
Introduction: Architecture and Aesthetics
Jorge Otero-Pailos
Architectural Phenomenology and the Rise of the Postmodern
Sandra Kaji-O'Grady
Formalism and Forms of Practice
Bart Verschaffel
Art in (and of) Architecture: Autonomy and Medium
Section 2 Bibliography
Ana Miljacki
AbdouMaliq Simone
Introduction: Enacting Modernity
Abidin Kusno
Rethinking the Nation
Duanfang Lu
Entangled Modernities in Architecture
Shiloh Krupar and Stefan Al
Notes on the Society of the Brand
Section 3 Bibliography
Fernando Diez
C Greig Crysler
Introduction: Time's Arrows: Spaces of the Past
Mrinalini Rajagopalan
Preservation and Modernity: Competing Perspectives, Contested Histories and the Question of Authenticity
M Christine Boyer
Collective Memory Under Siege: The Case of 'Heritage Terrorism'
Robert Brown and Daniel Maudlin
Concepts of Vernacular Architecture
Section 4 Bibliography
Paul Walker
Dana Cuff
Introduction: Architecture's Double-Bind
Paolo Tombesi
Prometheus Unchained: The Multiple Itineraries of Contemporary Professional Freedom
Christopher Hight
Manners of Working: Fabricating Representation in Digital Based Design
David Salomon
Plural Profession, Discrepant Practices
Section 5 Bibliography
Stephen Cairns
Arie Graafland and Heidi Sohn
Introduction: Technology, Science and Virtuality
N. Katherine Hayles and Todd Gannon
Virtual Architecture, Actual Media
Antoine Picon
Technology, Virtuality, Materiality
Jonathan Hale
Architecture, Technology and the Body: From the Pre-Human to the Post-Human
Section 6 Bibliography
Delia Duong Ba Wendel
Simon Guy
Introduction: Whither 'Earthly' Architectures: Constructing Sustainability
Richard Ingersoll
The Ecology Question and Architecture
Peter Droege
Beyond Sustainability: Architecture in the Renewable City
Jiat-Hwee Chang
Tropical Variants of Sustainable Architecture: A Post-Colonial Perspective
Section 7 Bibliography
Kelly Shannon
Brian McGrath and Grahame Shane
Introduction: Metropolis, Megalopolis and Meta-City
Paola Viganò
The Contemporary European Urban Project: Archipelago City, Diffuse City and Reverse City.
Vyjayanthi Rao
Slum as Theory: Mega-Cities and Urban Models
Deborah Natsios
Common Lines of Flight towards the Open City
Section 8 Bibliography
Iain Low

This is an excellent publication addressing contemporary theoretical debates in architecture. Many of the issues the book deals with, including spatial practices, and sustainability are the focus of attention on our BA in Architectural Design. Through the process of engaging critically with the broad range of scholarly writing in the different sections it is hoped our students will deepen their understanding about architecture and develop their awareness of what it means to engage with architectural theoretical debates critically.

Mrs Maeliosa O'Brien
school of engineering and design, Sligo Institute of Technology
May 29, 2015

A complete guide for students that engage with theoretical explorations suitable at all levels of study and covering a range of aspects.

Miss Liana Psarologaki
School of the Arts, Northampton University
September 24, 2014

excellent key text. Very useful for helping students of architecture to develop their theoretical understanding of the subject.

Ms Anna Hawkins
Urban Studies , Sheffield Hallam University
February 10, 2014

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