The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory
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The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory



© 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
 
PART ONE: POWER/DIFFERENCE/EMBODIMENT
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
Citizenship
 
PART TWO: AESTHETICS/PLEASURE/EXCESS
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
Consumption
 
PART THREE: NATION/WORLD/SPECTACLE
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
Heritage
 
PART FOUR: HISTORY/MEMORY/TRADITION
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
Culture
 
PART FIVE: DESIGN/PRODUCTION/PRACTICE
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
Flows
 
PART SIX: SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY/VIRTUALITY
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
Infrastructure
 
PART SEVEN: NATURE/ECOLOGY/SUSTAINABILITY
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
Landscape
 
PART EIGHT: CITY/METROPOLIS/TERRITORY
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
Housing

I have been impressed by the quality of this handbook. Rather than simply edit and repackage familiar (but rightly famous) critical essays from leaders in the field, this book looks freshly at the field(s), and has commissioned intelligent and well-written chapters that cut the jargon and elucidate the various topics in a straightforward but serious manner.

The book arrived on my desk just as I was landed the task of running an M-Arch module in Architecture Culture, and I have no hesitation in recommending it as the set text. Indeed, I find a good number of the chapters (I've not read them all yet) complement well the lectures I have planned. Its price is reasonable given its encyclopaedic scope, and its production values are high. I particularly welcome the double-column layout - much easier to read!

Gerald Adler
University of Kent

The core of architectural theory for the past several decades has looked to architecture's autonomous structures and formal procedures as its primary material for analysis. Now 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 SAGE 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

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

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)

Theory is dead, long live theory! Discussing an era some call post-critique and others the end of theory, the debate over  architectural critique and theory is more alive than ever. The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory draws an essential map for anyone who wants to participate in this debate... Although the critique of architecture has lost power with the advance of capitalism, exercises like this revive the value of theory, even in the intellectual context of contemporary pragmatism. The pedagogical value and the exemplary quality of this collaborative editorial process make the book a highly recommended reading.

David H. Falagán
Arquilecturas

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