The Figure of Knowledge
Conditioning Architectural Theory, 1960s - 1990s
Edited by Sebastiaan Loosen, Rajesh Heynickx, and Hilde Heynen
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Critical historiography of architectural theory
It is a major challenge to write the history of post-WWII architectural theory without boiling it down to a few defining paradigms. An impressive anthologising effort during the 1990s charted architectural theory mostly via the various theoretical frameworks employed, such as critical theory, critical regionalism, deconstructivism, and pragmatism.
Yet the intellectual contours of what constitutes architectural theory have been constantly in flux. It is therefore paramount to ask what kind of knowledge has become important in the recent history of architectural theory and how the resulting figure of knowledge sets the conditions for the actual arguments made.The contributions in this volume focus on institutional, geographical, rhetorical, and other conditioning factors. They thus screen the unspoken rules of engagement that postwar architectural theory ascribed to.
Contributors: Matthew Allen (University of Toronto), Karen Burns (University of Melbourne), Ole W. Fischer (University of Utah), Philip Goad (University of Melbourne), Hilde Heynen (KU Leuven), Rajesh Heynickx (KU Leuven), Paul Holmquist (Louisiana State University), Sandra Kaji-O’Grady (University of Queensland), Peter Lang (Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm), André Loeckx (KU Leuven), Sebastiaan Loosen (KU Leuven), Louis Martin (Université du Québec à Montréal), Joan Ockman (University of Pennsylvania), Carmen Popescu (ENSAB, Rennes), Ricardo Ruivo (Architectural Association, London), Andrew Toland (University of Technology Sydney).
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The Shifting Contours of Postwar Architectural Theory
Sebastiaan Loosen, Rajesh Heynickx, and Hilde Heynen
SECTION 1: Modernism and its Discontents
Effect: Revisiting Semiotics in Architecture
André Loeckx and Hilde Heynen
A Voice from the Margins: Robin Boyd and 1960s Architecture Culture
Art, Architecture, and the Critical Vision of Lara-Vinca Masini
Becomes Programming: Invisible Technicians, Printouts, and Situated Theories
in the 1960s
Dialogues: Intellectuality at a Crossroads at the Carrefour de l’Europe in Brussels
SECTION 2: Projects of Theory
Critique? On the Re(birth) of Architectural Theory after Modernism: ETH
and MIT Compared
Ole W. Fischer
Architecture, its Theory and History: A Case Study about Melvin Charney
Real: Liane Lefaivre and the Architectural Stalemate with Emerging
and Acting: The Inherent Ambivalence of Arendtian Architectural
Regionalism: A not so Critical Theory
SECTION 3: The Misuses of History
Historiographical Invention of the Soviet Avant-Garde: Cultural
Politics and the Return of the Lost Project
Effeminate, Feminist: Feminizing Architecture Theory
Post-Structuralism: Architecture Ecriture, Gender, and
of Pragmatism: A Retrospect on “The Pragmatist Imagination”
A Discipline in the Making
Format: Edited volume - free ebook - PDF
Publication: September 30, 2020
Rajesh Heynickx is intellectual historian at KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture.
Sebastiaan Loosen is a postdoctoral researcher at the KTH Stockholm.