"Offers an intense scholarly experience in its comprehensiveness, its variety of voices and its formal organization... the editors took a risk, experimented and have delivered a much-needed resource that upends the status-quo."
- Architectural Histories, journal of the European Architectural History Network
"Architectural theory interweaves interdisciplinary understandings with different practices, intentions and ways of knowing. This handbook provides a lucid and comprehensive introduction to this challenging and shifting terrain, and will be of great interest to students, academics and practitioners alike."
- Professor Iain Borden, UCL Bartlett School of Architecture
"In this collection, architectural theory expands outward to interact with adjacent discourses such as sustainability, conservation, spatial practices, virtual technologies, and more. We have in The Handbook of Architectural Theory an example of the extreme generosity of architectural theory. It is a volume that designers and scholars of many stripes will welcome."
- K. Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, Harvard University
The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, it examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections:
Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book is organized around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory.
Professor C. Greig Crysler holds the Arcus Chair for Gender, Sexuality and the Built Environment and is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of California. Professor Dr Stephen Cairns is Programme Leader of the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. Hilde Heynen is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Leuven in the Netherlands.
Introduction - 1: Architectural Theory in an Expanded Field - C. Greig Crysler, Stephen Cairns and Hilde Heynen Introduction - 2: Reading the Handbook - C Greig Crysler, Stephen Cairns, Hilde Heynen PART ONE: POWER/DIFFERENCE/EMBODIMENT Introduction: Shifting Paradigms and Concerns - Hilde Heynen and Gwendolyn Wright Architecture, Capitalism and Criticality - Ole W Fischer Interrogating Difference: Post-Colonial Perspectives in Architecture and Urbanism - Jyoti Hosagrahar Tendencies and Trajectories: Feminist Approaches in Architecture - Jane Rendell Section 1 Bibliography Citizenship - Ines Weizman PART TWO: AESTHETICS/PLEASURE/EXCESS Introduction: Architecture and Aesthetics - John Macarthur and Naomi Stead Architectural Phenomenology and the Rise of the Postmodern - Jorge Otero-Pailos Formalism and Forms of Practice - Sandra Kaji-O'Grady Art in (and of) Architecture: Autonomy and Medium - Bart Verschaffel Section 2 Bibliography Consumption - Ana Miljacki PART THREE: NATION/WORLD/SPECTACLE Introduction: Enacting Modernity - AbdouMaliq Simone Rethinking the Nation - Abidin Kusno Entangled Modernities in Architecture - Duanfang Lu Notes on the Society of the Brand - Shiloh Krupar and Stefan Al Section 3 Bibliography Heritage - Fernando Diez PART FOUR: HISTORY/MEMORY/TRADITION Introduction: Time's Arrows: Spaces of the Past - C Greig Crysler Preservation and Modernity: Competing Perspectives, Contested Histories and the Question of Authenticity - Mrinalini Rajagopalan Collective Memory Under Siege: The Case of 'Heritage Terrorism' - M Christine Boyer Concepts of Vernacular Architecture - Robert Brown and Daniel Maudlin Section 4 Bibliography Culture - Paul Walker PART FIVE: DESIGN/PRODUCTION/PRACTICE Introduction: Architecture's Double-Bind - Dana Cuff Prometheus Unchained: The Multiple Itineraries of Contemporary Professional Freedom - Paolo Tombesi Manners of Working: Fabricating Representation in Digital Based Design - Christopher Hight Plural Profession, Discrepant Practices - David Salomon Section 5 Bibliography Flows - Stephen Cairns PART SIX: SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY/VIRTUALITY Introduction: Technology, Science and Virtuality - Arie Graafland and Heidi Sohn Virtual Architecture, Actual Media - N. Katherine Hayles and Todd Gannon Technology, Virtuality, Materiality - Antoine Picon Architecture, Technology and the Body: From the Pre-Human to the Post-Human - Jonathan Hale Section 6 Bibliography Infrastructure - Delia Duong Ba Wendel PART SEVEN: NATURE/ECOLOGY/SUSTAINABILITY Introduction: Whither 'Earthly' Architectures: Constructing Sustainability - Simon Guy The Ecology Question and Architecture - Richard Ingersoll Beyond Sustainability: Architecture in the Renewable City - Peter Droege Tropical Variants of Sustainable Architecture: A Post-Colonial Perspective - Jiat-Hwee Chang Section 7 Bibliography Landscape - Kelly Shannon PART EIGHT: CITY/METROPOLIS/TERRITORY Introduction: Metropolis, Megalopolis and Meta-City - Brian McGrath and Grahame Shane The Contemporary European Urban Project: Archipelago City, Diffuse City and Reverse City. - Paola Vigano Slum as Theory: Mega-Cities and Urban Models - Vyjayanthi Rao Common Lines of Flight towards the Open City - Deborah Natsios Section 8 Bibliography Housing - Iain Low