The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory

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C. Greig Crysler, Stephen Cairns, Hilde Heynen
SAGE Publications, Jan 10, 2012 - Architecture - 753 pages
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"Offers an intense scholarly experience in its comprehensiveness, its variety of voices and its formal organization... the editors took a risk, experimented and have delivered a much-needed resource that upends the status-quo."
- Architectural Histories, journal of the European Architectural History Network

"Architectural theory interweaves interdisciplinary understandings with different practices, intentions and ways of knowing. This handbook provides a lucid and comprehensive introduction to this challenging and shifting terrain, and will be of great interest to students, academics and practitioners alike."
- Professor Iain Borden, UCL Bartlett School of Architecture

"In this collection, architectural theory expands outward to interact with adjacent discourses such as sustainability, conservation, spatial practices, virtual technologies, and more. We have in The Handbook of Architectural Theory an example of the extreme generosity of architectural theory. It is a volume that designers and scholars of many stripes will welcome."
- K. Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, Harvard University

The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, it examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections:

Power/Difference/Embodiment Aesthetics/Pleasure/Excess Nation/World/Spectacle History/Memory/Tradition Design/Production/Practice Science/Technology/Virtuality Nature/Ecology/Sustainability City/Metropolis/Territory.  
Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book is organized around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory.
 

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Contents

Architectural Theory in an Expanded Field
1
Reading the Handbook
23
SECTION 1 PowerDifferenceEmbodiment
39
Shifting Paradigms and Concerns
41
2 Architecture Capitalism and Criticality
56
Postcolonial Perspectives in Architecture and Urbanism
70
Feminist Approaches in Architecture
85
5 Citizenship
107
SECTION 5 DesignProductionPractice
383
Architectures DoubleBind
385
The Multiple Itineraries of Contemporary Professional Freedom
393
Fabricating Representation in Digital Based Design
410
24 Plural Profession Discrepant Practices
430
25 Flows
451
SECTION 6 ScienceTechnologyVirtuality
465
Technology Science and Virtuality
467

SECTION 2 AestheticsPleasureExcess
121
Architecture and Aesthetics
123
7 Architectural Phenomenology and the Rise of the Postmodern
136
8 Formalism and Forms of Practice
152
Autonomy and Medium
165
10 Consumption
184
SECTION 3 NationWorldSpectacle
199
Enacting Modernity
201
12 Rethinking the Nation
213
13 Entangled Modernities in Architecture
231
14 Notes on the Society of the Brand
247
15 Heritage
274
SECTION 4 HistoryMemoryTradition
287
Times Arrows Spaces of the Past
289
Competing Perspectives Contested Histories and the Question of Authenticity
308
The Case of Heritage Terrorism
325
19 Concepts of Vernacular Architecture
340
20 Culture
369
27 Virtual Architecture Actual Media
484
28 Technology Virtuality Materiality
501
From the Prehuman to the Posthuman
513
30 Infrastructure
534
SECTION 7 NatureEcologySustainability
553
Whither EarthlyArchitectures Constructing Sustainability
555
32 The Ecology Question and Architecture
573
Architecture in the Renewable City
590
A Postcolonial Perspective
602
35 Landscapes
625
SECTION 8 CityMetropolisTerritory
639
Metropolis Megalopolis and Metacity
641
Archipelago City Diffuse City and Reverse City
657
MegaCities and Urban Models
671
39 Common Lines of Flight Towards the Open City
687
40 Housing
711
Index
725
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Professor C. Greig Crysler holds the Arcus Chair for Gender, Sexuality and the Built Environment and is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of California.nbsp;

Professor Dr Stephen Cairns isnbsp;Programme Leader of the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore.nbsp;

Hilde Heynen is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Leuven in the Netherlands.nbsp;

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