Chora 3: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture

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Alberto Pérez Gómez, Stephen Parcell
McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1999 - Architecture - 340 pages
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The thirteen essays in this collection include historical subjects as well as speculative theoretical "projects" that blur conventional boundaries between history and fiction. Ricardo Castro provides an original reading of the Kogi culture in Colombia; Maria Karvouni explores philological and architectonic connections between the Greek demas (the political individual) and domus (the house); Mark Rozahegy speculates on relationships between architecture and memory; Myriam Blais discusses technical inventions by sixteenth-century French architect Philibert de l'Orme; Alberto Perez-Gomez examines the late sixteenth-century reconstruction of the Temple of Jerusalem by Juan Bautista Villalpando; Janine Debanne offers a new perspective on Guarino Guarini's Chapel of the Holy Shroud in Turin; Katja Grillner examines the early seventeenth-century writings of Salomon de Caus and his built work in Heidelberg; David Winterton reflects on Charles-Francois Viel's "Letters"; Franca Trubiano looks at Jean-Jacques Lequeu's controversial Civil Architecture; Henrik Reeh considers the work of Sigfried Kracauer, a disciple of Walter Benjamin; Irena oantovska Murray reflects on work by artist Jana Sterbak; artist Ellen Zweig presents a textual project that demonstrates the charged poetic space created by film makers such as Antonioni and Hitchcock; and Swedish writer and architect Soren Thurell asks a riddle about architecture and its mimetic origins. The essays in this volume demonstrate a reconciliatory architecture that respects cultural differences, acknowledges the globalization of technological culture, and points to a referent other than itself."
 

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Contents

Invention as a Celebration of Materials
1
Sounding the Path Dwelling and Dreaming
25
Surface and Appearance in Guarino Guarinis SS Sindone Chapel
45
To See the World as a Limited Whole Human and Divine Perspectives in the Works of Salomon de Caus
79
Demas The Human Body as a Tectonic Construct
103
Juan Bautista Villalpandos Divine Model in Architectural Theory
125
Fragmentation Improvisation and Urban Quality A Heterotopian Motif in Siegfried Kracauer
157
Vitruvius Nietzsche and the Architecture of the Body
179
A Grand Piano Filled with Sand
201
Origins and Ornaments JeanJacques Lequeu and the Poetics of the City in LArchitecture Civile
221
Architecture and the Vegetal Soul
255
Domesticity and Diremption Poetics of Space in the Work of Jana Sterbak
281
Absent Bodies Writing Rooms
303
About the Authors
335
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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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