The Cultural Role of Architecture

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Paul Emmons, John Hendrix, Jane Lomholt
Routledge, 2012 - Architecture - 228 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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About the author (2012)

Paul Emmons is a registered architect and Associate Professor at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center of Virginia Tech, USA where he directs the PhD program in Architecture and Design.

John Hendrix is Professor of Architectural History at the University of Lincoln, UK and Adjunct Professor at Roger Williams University and at Rhode Island School of Design, USA.

Jane Lomholt is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Lincoln, UK, where she is head of History and Theory.

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