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Ashgate Studies in Architecture: Ashgate Studies in Architecture


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The discipline of Architecture is undergoing subtle transformation as design awareness permeates our visually dominated culture. Technological change, the search for sustainability and debates around the value of place and meaning of the architectural gesture are aspects which will affect the cities we inhabit. This series seeks to address such topics, both theoretically and in practice, through the publication of high quality original research, written and visual. Topics to be covered include the following: Architectural history and theory and their relationship to the development of the discipline, building conservation, heritage and creative adaptation. The formal and aesthetic values of architectural design, the diversity of its expression of identity, and its representation in other media. The impact of technological innovation on the materialisation of architecture and the questions surrounding environmental sustainability, experimentation and visionary design The social and psychological context of architectural production, its relationship to occupants, clients and to other creative and professional disciplines, and the political situation in which it is commissioned. Proposals will be welcomed which explore or connect aspects of these themes. Subjects which deal with individual architects, with specific buildings or building types, and the critical interpretation of historical and contemporary architecture from a theoretical or philosophical perspective are particularly encouraged. Architecture's embodiment of technical, social, and aesthetic aspects will also be emphasised.

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Loos and Schinkel: The Metropolis, the Individual and the Collective

Loos and Schinkel: The Metropolis, the Individual and the Collective

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Jean-François Lejeune
January 01, 2021

Historians and critics of Adolf Loos have repeatedly noted the influence that Karl Friedrich Schinkel had on the Austrian architect and, indeed, Loos himself made a direct reference to the importance of the German architect for the development of contemporary architecture and education. Rather than...

Le Corbusier’s Practical Aesthetic of the City The treatise ‘La Construction des villes’ of 1910/11

Le Corbusier’s Practical Aesthetic of the City The treatise ‘La Construction des villes’ of 1910/11

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Christoph Schnoor
August 24, 2020

Set within an insightful analysis, this book describes the genesis, ideas and ideologies which influenced Le Construction des Villes by Le Corbusier. This volume makes the important theoretical work available for the first time in English, offering an interpretation as to how much and in what way ...

Hybrid Modernity The Public Park in Late 20th Century China

Hybrid Modernity The Public Park in Late 20th Century China

1st Edition

Mary G. Padua
July 27, 2020

This book provides a detailed historical and design analysis of the development of parks and modern landscape architecture in late 20th century China. It questions whether the fusion of international influences with the local Chinese design vocabulary in late 20th century China has created a ...

On Surface and Place Between Architecture, Textiles and Photography

On Surface and Place Between Architecture, Textiles and Photography

1st Edition

Peta Carlin
March 23, 2020

On Surface and Place is a rich and poetic exploration of surfaces which foregrounds their significance in our understanding and experience of place. Adopting weaving as its overarching metaphor, it departs from Gottfried Semper’s discussion of correspondences between architecture and textiles, and ...

Reconstruction and the Synthesis of the Arts in France, 1944–1962

Reconstruction and the Synthesis of the Arts in France, 1944–1962

1st Edition

Nicola Pezolet
March 23, 2020

Reconstruction and the Synthesis of the Arts in France, 1944–1962 considers the artistic, architectural and bureaucratic shifts that emerged in the troubled aftermath of World War II and in the first years of the cold war. Focused on the modernist networks surrounding Le Corbusier, the Salon des ...

Irish Housing Design 1950 – 1980 Out of the Ordinary

Irish Housing Design 1950 – 1980 Out of the Ordinary

1st Edition

Brian Ward, Michael Pike, Gary Boyd
December 12, 2019

This book examines the architectural design of housing projects in Ireland from the mid-twentieth century. This period represented a high point in the construction of the Welfare State project where the idea that architecture could and should shape and define community and social life was not yet ...

Architecture as Civil Commitment: Lucio Costa's Modernist Project for Brazil

Architecture as Civil Commitment: Lucio Costa's Modernist Project for Brazil

1st Edition

Gaia Piccarolo
November 20, 2019

Architecture as Civil Commitment analyses the many ways in which Lucio Costa shaped the discourse of Brazilian modern architecture, tracing the roots, developments, and counter-marches of a singular form of engagement that programmatically chose to act by cultural means rather than by political ...

Provisional Cities Cautionary Tales for the Anthropocene

Provisional Cities Cautionary Tales for the Anthropocene

1st Edition

Renata Tyszczuk
March 05, 2019

This book considers the provisional nature of cities in relation to the Anthropocene – the proposed geological epoch of human-induced changes to the Earth system. It charts an environmental history of curfews, admonitions and alarms about dwelling on Earth. ‘Provisional cities’ are explored as ...

Phenomenologies of the City Studies in the History and Philosophy of Architecture

Phenomenologies of the City Studies in the History and Philosophy of Architecture

1st Edition

Henriette Steiner, Maximilian Sternberg
November 22, 2017

Phenomenologies of the City: Studies in the History and Philosophy of Architecture brings architecture and urbanism into dialogue with phenomenology. Phenomenology has informed debate about the city from social sciences to cultural studies. Within architecture, however, phenomenological inquiry has...

Architectural Projects of Marco Frascari The Pleasure of a Demonstration

Architectural Projects of Marco Frascari The Pleasure of a Demonstration

1st Edition

Sam Ridgway
October 12, 2017

Marco Frascari believed that architects should design thoughtful buildings capable of inspiring their inhabitants to have pleasurable and happy lives. A visionary Italian architect, academic and theorist, Frascari is best-known for his extraordinary texts, which explore the intellectual, ...

Architecture of Great Expositions 1937-1959 Messages of Peace, Images of War

Architecture of Great Expositions 1937-1959 Messages of Peace, Images of War

1st Edition

Rika Devos, Alexander Ortenberg
October 12, 2017

This book investigates architecture as a form of diplomacy in the context of the Second World War at six major European international and national expositions that took place between 1937 and 1959. The volume gives a fascinating account of architecture assuming the role of the carrier of ...

In-Between: Architectural Drawing and Imaginative Knowledge in Islamic and Western Traditions

In-Between: Architectural Drawing and Imaginative Knowledge in Islamic and Western Traditions

1st Edition

Hooman Koliji
October 12, 2017

Contemporary technical architectural drawings, in establishing a direct relationship between the drawing and its object, tend to privilege the visible physical world at the expense of the invisible intangible ideas and concepts, including that of the designer’s imagination. As a result, drawing may...

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