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Writing Architecture

Essays on Architecture

From Noah’s Ark to Diller + Scofidio’s “Blur” Building, a distinguished art historian maps new ways to think about architecture’s origin and development.

A History of Anti-Perspective

A challenge to the hegemony of perspective: investigations into other forms of representation used by different cultures over the last two thousand years.

Manfredo Tafuri and Contemporary Architecture

An examination of the influential Italian architectural historian Manfredo Tafuri's historical construction of contemporary architecture.

Essays in Architecture

Essays on contemporary architecture that are less about making critical judgments than about explication, exegesis, and provocation.

The threshold as both boundary and bridge: investigations of spaces, public and private, local and global.

Architectural form reconsidered in light of a unitary conception of architecture and the city.

The rise and fall of identical copies: digital technologies and form-making from mass customization to mass collaboration.

Reading the Late Avant-Garde

Theorizes an architectural ethos of extreme self-reflection and finality from a Lacanian perspective.

Drawings, doodles, and ideograms argue with ferocity and wit for traditional urbanism and architecture.

Inventing Architectural Modernism

How the different narratives of four historians of architectural modernism—Emil Kaufmann, Colin Rowe, Reyner Banham, and Manfredo Tafuri—advanced specific versions of modernism.

A lively and unconventional appreciation of pivotal buildings by Carlo Scarpa, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, and Louis Kahn that reveals enough idiosyncrasies and conceits to make any rationalist shudder—and invites a deeper appreciation of the prosaic construction detail.

Architecture and the Visual Arts

An examination of architecture and art as a screen of vital cultural memory that considers museum culture, visual technology, and the border of public and private space.

Essays on Virtual and Real Space

Essays at the intersection of philosophy and architecture explore how we understand and inhabit space.

On Architecture and Energy

Architecture and fire, construction and combustion, meet in this poetic treatise on energy in building.

Phenomena such as urban rioting and media coverage of the Gulf War viewed as evidence of the contemporary acceleration of events.

In this series of overlapping essays on architecture and art, JohnRajchman attempts to do theory in a new way that takes off from the philosophy of the late Gilles Deleuze.

Language, Number, Money

In Architecture as Metaphor, Kojin Karatani detects a recurrent "will to architecture" that he argues is the foundation of all Western thinking, traversing architecture, philosophy, literature, linguistics, city planning, anthropology, political economics, psychoanalysis, and mathematics.

The Furnishing of Territories
Topographies of Contemporary Architecture

Differences brings together ten essays written over the past decade by the distinguished Spanish architect and theorist Ignasi de Solà-Morales.