Based on analysis of historical, philosophical, and semiotic texts, Architecture in Black presents a systematic examination of the theoretical relationship between architecture and blackness. Now updated, this original study draws on a wider range of case studies, highlighting the racial techniques that can legitimize modern historicity, philosophy and architectural theory. Arguing that architecture, as an aesthetic practice, and blackness, as a linguistic practice, operate within the same semiotic paradigm, Darell Fields employs a technique whereby works are related through the repetition and revision of their semiotic structures. Fields reconstructs the genealogy of a black racial subject, represented by the simultaneous reading of a range of canonical texts from Hegel to Saussure to Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Combining an historical survey of racial discourse with new readings resulting from advanced semiotic techniques doubling as spatial arrangements, Architecture in Black is an important contribution to studies of the racial in Western thought and its impact on architecture, space and time.
Darell Wayne Fields is a Lecturer in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction to Second Edition Foreword PART I: THEORY Forethought: On Blackness and Time Introduction to Part I 1. Hegel's Tropes: History, Architecture and the Black Subject Philosophy and Aesthetics: A Total Model of History The Subject Identified Full Force of the Effect: The Negation of the Black Subject The Symbolic Category: Architecture's Blackness Transcending the Black Subject 2. Scheming the Scheme: The Technique of Revision A Racial Model of the Dialectic The Consistency of Ideas A Comprehensive Diagram A Linguistic Revision of Aesthetics Reintroduction of the Black Subject 3. Tropological Cases: the Racial Object in Architectural Discourse Signification of the First Order: Laws of Emergence Case 1: An Original Essay on Style Case 2: A Reflective Essay on Style Case 3: A Philosophical Essay on Style Signification of the Second Order: Operations on a Black Signifier Contemporary Architectural Theory: Talking Black Afterthought A Monkey Reading ... Fanon PART II: ORDERS OF SPACE AND APPEARANCE Forethought: The Negative Constructs Introduction to Part II 4. Black Autonomy The Classical (P)eriod Space and Time: Kant and the Indivisible The Medieval as Symbolic: An Other Space, Another Time Kant, Blackness and Autonomy: Towards a Black Formalism 5. Space and Time in the Classical (P)eriod From Space to Appearance Spatial Orders in the Birth of Tragedy Visualizing Autonomy: A Reflection on a History of Styles The Spatial Diagrammatic 6. Architecture and the Classical (P)eriod Building on Language: Black Architectonics Spatial Linguistics and the Hall of Mirrors The Black Architectonic: A Methodological Note Now Imagine a Monkey Sitting in a Dark Place Trying to See Architecture for the First Time Etienne-Louis Boullee (1728-1799) Claude-Nicolas Ledoux (1736-1806) Lebbeus Woods (1940-2012) John Hejduk (1929-2000) Darell Fields (1962-) Afterthought The End: Of Absence Works Cited Index
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