The Cultural Role of Architecture: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

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Paul Emmons, Jane Lomholt, John Shannon Hendrix
Routledge, Nov 12, 2012 - Architecture - 256 pages
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Exploring the ambiguities of how we define the word ‘culture’ in our global society, this book identifies its imprint on architectural ideas. It examines the historical role of the cultural in architectural production and expression, looking at meaning and communication, tracing the formations of cultural identities.

Chapters written by international academics in history, theory and philosophy of architecture, examine how different modes of representation throughout history have drawn profound meanings from cultural practices and beliefs. These are as diverse as the designs they inspire and include religious, mythic, poetic, political, and philosophical references.

 

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Contents

A Testimony to Values
2
Cultural Desires and Needs
79
Cultural Understanding of the Roles of Architecture
151
The Necessity of Architecture
217
Index
224
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