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Architecture Depends

ISBN-10: 0262012537

ISBN-13: 9780262012539

Edition: 2009

Authors: Jeremy Till

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"Less is more." Mies van de Rohe "Less is a bore." Robert Venturi "Mess is the law." Jeremy Till Architecture dependson what? On people, time, politics, ethics, mess: the real world. Architecture, Jeremy Till argues with conviction in this engaging, sometimes pugnacious book, is dependent on things outside itself. Despite the claims of architects to autonomy, purity, and control, architecture is buffeted by uncertainty and contingency. Circumstances invariably intervene to upset the architect's best-laid plansat every stage in the process, from design through construction to occupancy. Architects, however, tend to deny this, fearing contingency and preferring to pursue perfection. With Architecture Depends,architect and critic Jeremy Till offers a proposal for rescuing architects from themselves: a way to bridge the gap between what architecture actually is and what architects want it to be. Mixing anecdote, design, social theory, and raw opinion, Till's writing is always accessible, moving freely between high and low registers, much like his suggestions for architecture itself. The everyday world is a disordered mess, from which architecture has retreatedand this retreat, says Till, is deluded. Architecture must engage with the inescapable reality of the world; in that engagement is the potential for a reformulation of architectural practice. Contingency should be understood as an opportunity rather than a threat. Elvis Costello said that his songs have to work when played through the cheapest transistor radio; for Till, architecture has to work (socially, spatially) by coping with the flux and vagaries of everyday life. Architecture, he proposes, must move from a reliance on the impulsive imagination of the lone genius to a confidence in the collaborative ethical imagination, from clinging to notions of total control to an intentional acceptance of letting go.
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 1/9/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Jeremy Till is Head of Central St Martins/Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London, and a partner at Sarah Wigglesworth Architects. Their projects include the pioneering 9 Stock Orchard Street (The Strawbale House and Quilted Office), winner of multiple awards. He represented Britain at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Preface : Mess Is the Law
Introduction : The Elevator Pitch
Contingency
Deluded Detachment
The Paternoster
Beaux- Arts Mao
2B or Not 2B?
Purity Is a Myth
A Semblance of Order
New Labour Vitruvius
Rogue Objects
Bauman's Order
The Ridding of Contingency
Counting Sheep
Coping with Contingency
A Balance of Colossal Forces
The Juggernaut
Rorty's Retreat
Walking the Girder
Situated Knowledge
Time, Space, And Lo- Fi Architecture
Time of Waste
Waste in Transit
Rubbish Theory
Time and Waste
Out of Time
The Terror of Time
From Eternity to Here
Here and Now
Tampering with Time
In Time
Le Temps
Thick Time
Dirty Old Time
The Unfinished
Drawing Time
From Noun to Verb
Slack Space
Making Space
Hard Space
Social Space
Inauthentic Space
Slack Space
Lo- Fi Architecture
Elvis Lives
Exploding into Reality
Monstrous Hybrids
How They'll Tell if Your Building Is Gay
Architecture : A Dependent Profession
Architectural Agency
Lost in Action
Self- Control
Left Brain, Right Brain
Remember I'm the Bloody Architect
The Crucible
The Problem of the Problem
Letting Go
Imperfect Ethics
Bad Ethics
Phony Ethics
Social Scales
Codes of Misconduct
The Ethics of Responsibility
Hope against Hope
Gymnasts in the Prison Yard
The Flight to Utopia
Formative Contexts
Angels with Dirty Faces
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Figure Credits
Index