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Paperback | $26.00 X | £19.95 | ISBN: 9780262540858 | 172 pp. | 5.375 x 8 in | January 1997

Differences

Topographies of Contemporary Architecture
Translated by Graham Thompson

Endorsements

“The writtings of Ignasi de Solà-Morales are far more true to the real diversity and spread of recent architectural theory than we have been accustomed to by the posturing of a few '-ists' and '-isms.' Grounded in close readings of architectural objects and design practices, his analyses map out the different ways in which individual decisions concerning a local site, a moment in time, a particular task, flow out into the whole of cultural and intelllectual history. This collection is a reminder of the extreme generosity of architecture - its working through the immense variety of human cultural production and offering new ways of thinking and inhabiting.”
K. Michael Hays, Professor of Architectural Theory, Harvard University Editor of Assemblage
“Following traces that are neither modern nor postmodern, Ignasi deSolà-Morales opens a deterritorialized territory harboring richpossibilities for architectural theory and practice. Philosophically astute and critically savvy, Differences resists the fashionableallure of nihilism by discerning creative resources circulating in thechaotic currents of contemporary culture.”
Mark C. Taylor, Preston S. Parish Professor of Humanities, Williams College
“Ignasi de Solà-Morales' term starting points perfectly captures the light and acute temperament of these essays. With the nimbleease of Deleuzean vectors, these writings start from contemporary practiceand move into fresh horizons of architectural thinking. At a time when mostarchitectural writing seems to fall within either the limits of journalismor the rigorous territories of academic research, this collection of textsdraws an unfrequented path of discourse, a topography that becomes aninvitation to approach architectural ideas through pleasures of reading.”
Xavier Costa, Head, Department of Architecture,Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain