Chora: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture

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Alberto Pérez-Gómez, Stephen Parcell
McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2004 - Architecture - 343 pages
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Contributors to this volume strive to uncover architectural alternatives to simplistic models based on concepts of aesthetics, technology, or sociology. Seventeen essays explore historical topics ranging from antiquity, with a study of the Roman Colosseum; through early Renaissance subjects, such as the treatises of Luca Pacioli on architecture; through to the modern era and explorations on topics ranging from seventeenth-century Amsterdam to architectural insights that can be found in the works of the poet and mathematician Lewis Carroll. Authors examining contemporary issues seek to explicate the spatial poetics of architecture by invoking other artistic disciplines. Essays in this group include a discussion of the accomplishments of Gordon Matta-Clark, a reading of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, and an analysis of the implications of ethical/formal questions in the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein for architecture. Contributors include Caroline Dionne (Université de Québec à Montréal), Mark Dorrian (University of Edinburgh), Michael Emerson (University of New South Wales), Marc Glaudemans (University of Technology), George Hersey (emeritus, Yale University), Robert Kirkbride (design director, Studiolo), Joanna Merwood (doctoral dissertation, Princeton University), Michel Moussette (Ph.D. at the Université de Montréal), Juhani Pallasmaa (architect, Finland, emeritus Washington University in St. Louis), Alberto Pérez-Gómez (McGill University), David Theodore (McGill University), and Dorian Yurchuk (architect, New York City).
 

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Contents

Notes on Ruskins Theory
25
Alberti at
54
The Rediscovery of the Hinterland
83
The Cosmic Geometry
103
On the Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro
127
Modern Symbolism
177
Gordon MattaClarks Circling the Circle of
197
Alfred Hitchcocks Rear Window
211
The Glass Architecture of Fra Luca Pacioli
245
The Exemplary Life of an Architect
287
Ranelagh Gardens and the Recombinatory Utopia of Masquerade
313
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Alberto Perez-Gomez is Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of the History of Architecture at McGill University. He is the author of "Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science" (MIT Press, 1983) and (with Louise Pelletier) "Architecural Representation and the Perspective Hinge" (MIT Press, 1997).

Stephen Parcell is co-editor of the Chora series and associate professor, Dalhousie University.

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