Architecture, Means and Ends

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 15, 2010 - Architecture - 137 pages
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Vittorio Gregotti—the architect of Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium, Milan’s Arcimboldi Opera Theater, and Lisbon’s Centro Cultural de Belém, among many other noted constructions—is not only a designer of international repute but an acclaimed theorist and critic. Architecture, Means and Ends is his practical and imaginative reflection on the role of the technical aspects of architectural design, both as part of the larger process of innovation and in relation to the mythic opposition between vision and construction.

Interweaving the seemingly irreconcilable concerns of aesthetics, meaning, and construction,  Architecture, Means and Ends reflects Gregotti’s overarching claim that buildings always have a symbolic, cultural content. In this book, he argues that by making symbolic expression a primary objective in the design of a project, the designer will produce a practical aesthetic as well as an ethical solution. Architecture, Means and Ends embraces that philosophy and will appeal to those, like Gregotti, working at the intersections of the history of design, art criticism, and architectural theory.


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1 The Designer as Technician
2 The Art of Technology
3 The Art of Cyberculture
4 The Debate about Art in the Age of Mechanization
5 Art and the Industrial Revolution
6 Industrial Product Design
14 The Work and the Event
15 Fundamentals and Foundations
16 Use Consumption Exchange
17 Technics as an End
18 The Technics of the Project and Its Representation
19 Professionals Technics and Materiality
20 Architecture as Labor
21 Assembly as a Unifying Principle

7 Motion the Movement and the City
8 The Dwelling and Its Mechanization
9 Toward the Mechanical Weltbild
10 Technology and the History of Architecture
11 The Technics of Art
12 The Role of Technics in the Artistic Practice of Architecture
13 The Question of Intention
22 Materials and Content
23 The City as Assembly
24 The Twilight of the Machine Age

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About the author (2010)

Victorio Gregotti is professor of architecture at the University of Venice and principal in the architectural firm Gregotti Associati International. He is the author of Inside Architecture and New Directions in Italian Architecture, among other books. Lydia Cochrane is the translator of numerous books for the University of Chicago Press.


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