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Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics: Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century

  • 02:30 - 20 October, 2016
Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics: Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century
Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics: Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century

Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics brings together a series of thirteen interview-articles by Graham Cairns in collaboration with some of the most prominent polemic thinkers and critical practitioners from the fields of architecture and the social sciences, including Noam Chomsky, Peggy Deamer, Robert A.M. Stern, Daniel Libeskind and Kenneth Frampton.

Each chapter explores the relationship between architecture and socio-political issues through discussion of architectural theories and projects, citing specific issues and themes that have led to, and will shape, the various aspects of the current and future built environment. Ranging from Chomsky’s examination of the US-Mexico border as the architecture of oppression to Robert A.M. Stern’s defence of projects for the Disney corporation and George W. Bush, this book places politics at the center of issues within contemporary architecture.

  • Foreword: Murray Fraser
  • Introduction: Graham Cairns
  • Chapter 0: Alberto Perez Gomez. Ethics, Emotion, and Aesthetics: Architecture After the Crisis of Modern Science
  • Chapter 1: Noam Chomsky. Hidden Power and Built Form – The Politics Behind the Architecture
  • Chapter 2: Robert A. M. Stern. Dream Culture and the Politics of the Past – Today
  • Chapter 3: Peggy Deamer. Architecture and Capitalism – From Production to Product
  • Chapter 4: Peter Nears. Finance, Planning and Architecture UK – A Developer’s Perspective
  • Chapter 5: Stephen Hodder. Politics, Society and the Public: The RIBA Reaching Beyond the Profession
  • Chapter 6: Michael Sorkin. Driving on the Left: A View of the Street, the City and Architecture
  • Chapter 7: Paul Goldberger. History and Modern Architecture in the Age of the Star
  • Chapter 8: Clare Devine. The ‘Commissioning’ of Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Chapter 9: Daniel Libeskind. Ground Zero – The Socio-Political Minefield of Symbolic Architecture
  • Chapter 10: Steven Weir and Gareth Hepworth. Habitat for Humanity – Operating Outside the State and the Market
  • Chapter 11: Kenneth Frampton. A Critical Architecture – Comments on Politics and Society
  • Chapter 12: Jonathan Woetzel. Global Finance, Global Planning –China’s Urban Explosion Seen from the West 

  • ISBN

    9781472456083
  • Title

    Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics: Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century
  • Author

    Graham Cairns
  • Publisher

    Routledge
  • Publication year

    2016
  • Language

    English

Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics: Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century

Cite: "Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics: Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century" 20 Oct 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/797727/reflections-on-architecture-society-and-politics-social-and-cultural-tectonics-in-the-21st-century/> ISSN 0719-8884