Theory of architecture

    Architecture in Abjection

    By Zuzana Kovar

    Hardback £74.71

    A radical rethinking of architecture theory and the way we think about space and its inhabitants, abjection and organisms.

    Metamorphism

    Hardback £30.95

    Materiality is a recurring and central issue in architecture. This book explains how materials are "constructed", how they become cultural substances. Metamorphism investigates the complex relationship between natural materials and technology, science and sensuality. Gottfried Semper 1803-1879 made the notion of Stoffwechsel the key element of his theory. With this...

    Anthropology and/as Education

    By Tim Ingold

    Paperback £27.92

    There is more to education than teaching and learning, and more to anthropology than making studies of other people's lives. Here Tim Ingold argues that both anthropology and education are ways of studying, and of leading life, with others. In this provocative book, he goes beyond an exploration of the...

    Why are Most Buildings Rectangular?

    By Philip Steadman

    Paperback £33.88

    This book brings together a dozen of Philip Steadman's essays and papers on the geometry of architectural and urban form, written over the last 12 years. New introductions link the papers and set them in context. There are two large themes: a morphological approach to the history of architecture, and...

    Adaptive Architecture

    Paperback £33.88

    The constant in architecture's evolution is change. Adaptive Architecture explores structures, or environments that accommodate multiple functions at the same time, sequentially, or at periodically recurring events. It demonstrates how changing technological, economic, ecological and social conditions have altered the playing field for architecture from the design of single purpose...

    Aesthetics of Ugliness

    By Karl Rosenkranz

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    In this key text in the history of art and aesthetics, Karl Rosenkranz shows ugliness to be the negation of beauty without being reducible to evil, materiality, or other negative terms used it's conventional condemnation. This insistence on the specificity of ugliness, and on its dynamic status as a process...

    Cinematic Aided Design

    By Francois Penz

    Paperback £38.37

    Cinematic Aided Design: An Everyday Life Approach to Architecture provides architects, planners, designer practitioners, politicians and decision makers with a new awareness of the practice of everyday life through the medium of film. This novel approach will also appeal to film scholars and film practitioners with an interest in spatial...

    Remaking Cities: An Introduction to Urban Metrofitting

    By Tony Fry

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    Unprecedented challenges await the future of the world's cities. Accelerating population pressure, climate change, food insecurity, poverty and geopolitical instability - in the face of such problems our current attempts at producing a sustainable agenda for the world's cities appear fragmented and inadequate. Fresh thinking is needed. In Remaking Cities,...

    Buildings Must Die: A Perverse View of Architecture

    By Stephen Cairns

    Paperback £17.43

    Part memento mori for architecture, and part invocation to reimagine the design values that lay at the heart of its creative purpose. Buildings, although inanimate, are often assumed to have "life." And the architect, through the act of design, is assumed to be their conceiver and creator. But what of...

    The Social (Re)Production of Architecture: Politics, Values and Actions in Contemporary Practice

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    The Social ReProduction of Architecture brings the debates of the `right to the city' into today's context of ecological, economic and social crises. Building on the 1970s' discussions about the `production of space', which French sociologist Henri Lefebvre considered a civic right, the authors question who has the right to...

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