The Architect: Reconstructing Her Practice

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Francesca Hughes
MIT Press, 1998 - Architecture - 250 pages
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At a moment when the architectural profession is beginning to shift from itstraditionally male domination, The Architect: Reconstructing Her Practice examines how theintroduction of women to the main body of architecture might bring about a reconstruction of theorders that pervade architectural production and consumption.In a collection of autobiographicalessays in which practice is both the site and the vehicle for change, twelve American and Europeanarchitects reflect on the nature of critical practice and its relation to architecture. Thecontributors were chosen not only for the distinguished quality of their work, but also for therange of architectural practices they collectively encompass--from the intersection of theory andphilosophy to the intersection of building process and industry. Together, they present a compellingand provocative critique of architectural culture. All show a willingness to transgress the variousmediums and territories of architecture, to recover and reopen certain discussions lost in thearchitectural discourse they have inherited.

  

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Contents

Chapter
3
REAR WINDOW
29
ASIDE
45
A PRACTICE OF ONEs
101
INVISIBLE LINES
167
THE RETURN OF TlIE REPRESSED NATURE
223
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
252
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About the author (1998)

Francesca Hughes lives and works in London, where she taught at the Bartlett School ofArchitecture and the Architectural Association for many years. She is the editor of TheArchitect: Reconstructing Her Practice (MIT Press) and Drawings ThatCount.

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