Chora, Volume Six: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture

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Alberto Pérez-Gómez, Stephen Parcell
McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Jun 15, 2011 - Architecture - 328 pages
Different concepts of the machine are pursued in essays on Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Alfred Jarry's pataphysical machines, and cosmological and political orders in sixteenth-century utopias. Cross-cultural tensions are examined in essays on the Christian appropriation of Aztec symbolism, and on Jesuit perspectives in an imperial Chinese garden in Beijing. Architectural origins and education are revisited in essays on fire and language in Vitruvius, on storytelling by Spanish theorist Juan Caramuel de Lobkowitz, and on the role of history in the design of the Prato della Valle, a public square in Padua. Phenomenal experience is the focus of essays on light and stone in the Gothic church of Saint-Denis, and on bodily movement through the ancient Palace of Minos at Knossos in Crete. Tensions in architectural representation are investigated in essays on the influence of Villard de Honnecourt on drawings by William Burges in Victorian England, and on Stendhal's curious narrative drawings in his book Vie de Henry Brulard. Contemporary beliefs are scrutinized in an essay that uses psychoanalytic theory to examine the modern concept of sustainability.
 

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Contents

2 On Fire and the Origins of Architecture
25
3 The Sacred Stones of SaintDenis
55
Traversing the Fantasy of Sustenance and the Topology of Desire
75
Stendhals
91
6 Perceptual Unfolding in the Palace of Minos
113
7 History as Storytelling in the Account of the Eleven Orders of Architecture According to Juan Caramuel de Lobkowitz
143
8 Prato della Valle Reconsidered
159
A History of Architectural Machinations
181
Architecture and the Poetics of Sacrifice
211
Eidetics Education and the Machine
229
Identification Parody and Persona in William Burgess Vellum Sketchbook
249
The Depth of Architectural Representation in a EuropeanChinese Garden Encounter
275
About the Authors
305
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Alberto Pérez-Gómez holds the Saidye Rosner Bronfman Chair of the History of Architecture at McGill University. He is the author of several books, including Built Upon Love: Architectural Longing after Ethics and Aesthetics. Stephen Parcell is professor of architecture at Dalhousie University. He is the author of a forthcoming book, Four Historical Definitions of Architecture.

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