Out of Site: A Social Criticism of Architecture

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In her introduction Ghirardo ponders whether architecture can be "conceived as an autonomous entity with no necessary or important connection to any other issues related to building." In the essays that follow, she and fellow scholars examine the questions surrounding this polemic using both theoretical analyses and case studies. Kenneth Frampton thoughtfully probes architecture's "emergence . . . as a self-conscious individual practice." Vincent P. Pecora's more complex piece begins with a modernist reading of architecture and goes on to review several issues of the journal Oppositions ; in particular, he scrutinizes the belief of one of the journal's cofounders, Peter Eisenman, in the "autonomous profundity of architecture alone against an unfeeling world." In a fascinating essay on the relationship betwen public art and urbanism in New York City, Rosalyn Deutsche discusses a utilitarian artwork called the Homeless Vehicle Project, a mobile cart that provides facilities for eating and sleeping. Although recondite at times, this volume offers a thorough, evenhanded overview of the social relevance of architecture today.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This diverse collection of essays by American-based architectural educators attempts to address some of the most important issues facing architecture today, namely, its relationship to art and its ability or inability to meet the fundamental needs of society. The first section of the book, which tackles "the predilection for conceiving of architecture as an autonomous entity," is somewhat murky and dry, difficult to read and even more difficult to digest. Of broader interest, however, are discussions that follow on the redevelopment of downtown Los Angeles, low-cost housing in Rome, and public art in New York City. This is a serious book for the architectural cognoscenti; all others take heed!-- H. Ward Jandl, National Park Svce., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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