Unprecedented realism: the architecture of Machado and Silvetti

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Princeton Architectural Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Architecture - 278 pages
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For almost two decades the work of Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti has remained at the forefront of theoretical production. Their rigorously detailed and exquisitely drawn projects characterize an attitude of aesthetic realism towards materials, construction, function, and the cultural role of architecture. Yet the conditions they address, and the effects they produce, are unprecedented. Their projects synthesize seemingly incompatible images, uses, and typologies. Unprecedented Realism is not an illustration of theory. Rather, what emerges is a constructive theory of architecture that understands the process of design itself as a distinct mode of knowledge -- as theoretical research that is still irreducibly architectural. Unprecedented Realism presents both buildings and urban infrastructures: Steps of Providence, RI; Entrance for Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Carnegie-Mellon University Center, Pittsburgh; Pershing Square, Los Angeles; and Times Square, New York City. Along with the analytic text of K. Michael Hays, the volume includes critical essays by Alan Colquhoun, George Baird, Faregrave;s el-Dahdah, and Rodolphe el-Khoury (please see the Table of Contents).

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Contents

lNTRODUCTlON ll
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REALISM AND CRlTlClSM FROM WlTHlN
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EMERGENT TYPES
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K. Michael Hays is Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory at Harvardas Graduate School of Design. In 2000 he was appointed the first Adjunct Curator at the Whitney Museum for American Art. He is the author, among other books, of "Modern Architecture and the Posthumanist Subject" (1995) and the editor of "Architecture Theory since 1968" (2000), both published by the MIT Press.

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