Architecture and Spectacle: A Critique

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2012 - Architecture - 262 pages
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Focusing on six leading contemporary architects: Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, Bernard Tschumi, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Steven Holl, this book puts forward a unique and insightful analysis of neo-avant-garde architecture. It discusses the spectacle and excess which permeates contemporary architecture in reference to the present aesthetic tendency for image making, but does so by applying the tectonic of theatricality discussed by the nineteenth-century German architect Gottfried Semper. In doing so, it breaks new ground by opening up a dialogue between the study of the past and the design of the present.
 

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Gevork Hartoonian is Professor of Architecture at the University of Canberra, Australia

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