What Is Architecture?

What Is Architecture? An Essay on Landscapes, Buildings, and Machines

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Publisher's Synopsis

In this unorthodox quasi-novelistic essay, complete with characters and dialogue (but no plot), Shepheard draws a boundary around the subject of architecture, describing its place in art and technology, its place in history and its place in our lives now.;At a time when it is fashionable to say that architecture is everything - from philosophy to science to art to theory - Shepheard sets limits to the subject, so that we may talk about architecture for what it is. He takes strong positions, names the causes of the problems, and teIls us how bad things are and how thev can get better.;Along the wav, he marshals some unlikely but plausible witnesses who testify about the current state of architecture. Instead of the usual claims or complaints by the usual suspects, these observations are of an altogether different order. Constructed as a series of fables, many of them politically incorrect, "What is Architecture?" is a meditation on the options, hopes, possibilities and failures of shelter in society.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262193412
Publisher: MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 720
DEWEY edition: 20
Language: English
Number of pages: 131
Weight: 420g
Height: 146mm
Width: 222mm