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Constructing a New Agenda Architectural Theory, 1993-2009

ISBN-10: 1568988591

ISBN-13: 9781568988597

Edition: 2010

Authors: A. Krista Sykes, Princeton Architectural Press Staff, K. Michael Hays

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Critical architectural theory has, over the past decade and a half, undergone significant transformation. The urgency of the 1990s propractice movement, with its mandate to focus on the realities of building, has shifted architectural theory away from utopian ideals and heavy-handed cultural critiques toward the realities of architecture and building. This transition renders theory's immediate history particularly relevant to contemporary thought and practice. Constructing a New Agenda offers an overview of the myriad approaches and attitudes adopted by architects and architectural theorists during this era. In this long-awaited follow-up to our critically acclaimed and best-selling anthology Theorizing a New Agenda , editor A. Krista Sykes collects twenty-eight essays that address architectural theory from the mid-1990s, where the first volume left off, through the present. Multiple themes-including the impact of digital technologies on processes of architectural design, production, materiality, and representation; the implications of globalization and networks of information; the growing emphasis on sustainable and green architecture; and the phenomenon of the 'starchitect' and iconic architecture-overlap to address the contemporary situation as a whole. By providing, in one place, the key theoretical texts of the past fifteen years, Constructing a New Agenda becomes a foundation for ongoing discussions surrounding contemporary architectural thought and practice. Contributions by distinguished thinkers and makers such as Stan Allen, Deborah Berke, Michael Braungart, Rem Koolhaas, Sanford Kwinter, Greg Lynn, Reinhold Martin, William McDonough, William Mitchell, Samuel Mockbee, Glenn Murcutt, Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto, Michael Speaks and Anthony Vidler are preceded by brief introductions that establish each essay's particular historical context and significance. An afterword by preeminent architectural theorist K. Michael Hays reflects on where architectural theory is today and where it's headed in the future.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 3/31/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

A. Krista Sykesnbsp;holds a Ph.D. in Architectural Theory and History from Harvard University. She is the author of Constructing a New Agenda for Architecture and was Managing Editor of thenbsp;Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

K. Michael Hays is Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. In 2000 he was appointed the first Adjunct Curator at the Whitney Museum for American Art. He is the author, among other books, of Modern Architecture and the Posthumanist Subject (1995) and the editor of Architecture Theory since 1968 (2000), both published by the MIT Press.

Architectural Curvilinearity: The Folded, the Pliant, and the Supple (1993)
Charter of the New Urbanism (1996): Congress for the new urbanism
Thoughts on the Everyday (1997)
Mach 1 (and Other Mystic Visitations) (1997)
A New Pragmatism? (1998)
The Rural Studio (1998)
Field Conditions (1999)
Junkspace (2000)
The Cunning of Cosmetics (2000)
Green Questionnaire (2001)
Scale and Span in a Global Digital World (2001)
Notes around the Doppler Effect and Other Moods of Modernism (2002)
Design Intelligence (2002)
From Principles to Practices: Creating a Sustaining Architecture for the Twenty-first Century (2003)
Boundaries/Networks (2003)
Future City (2003)
Architecture and the Virtual: Towards a New Materiality (2004)
No More Dreams? The Passion for Reality in Recent Dutch Architecture…and Its Limitations (2004/5)
Architecture's Expanded Field (2005)
Architecture by Numbers (2005)
Critical of What? Toward a Utopian Realism (2005)
Technology, Place, and Nonmodern Regionalism (2005)
Raised to Observe: Glenn Murcutt (2005)
On Criticality (2006)
Metaphysics of Genetic Architecture and Computation (2006)
Introduction to Atlas of Novel Tectonics (2006)
Practice Makes Perfect (2006/7)
Ru(m)inations: The Haunts of Contemporary Architecture (2008)
Contributors' Biographies
Selected Bibliography