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Architecture and Fire

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ISBN: 9781787353701 Year: Pages: 208 DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787353701 Language: English
Publisher: UCL Press
Subject: Construction --- Architecture
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Architecture and Fire develops a conceptual reassessment of architectural conservation through the study of the intimate relationship between architecture and fire. Stamatis Zografos expands on the general agreement among many theorists that the primitive hut was erected around fire – locating fire as the first memory of architecture, at the very beginning of architectural evolution.&#xD;Following the introduction, Zografos analyses the archive and the renewed interest in the study of archives through the psychoanalysis of Jacques Derrida. He moves on to explore the ambivalent nature of fire, employing the conflicting philosophies of Gaston Bachelard and Henri Bergson to do so, before discussing architectural conservation and the relationship between listed buildings, the function of archives, and the preservation of memories from the past. The following chapter investigates how architecture evolves by absorbing and accommodating fire, while the penultimate chapter examines the critical moment of architectural evolution: the destruction of buildings by fire, with a focus on the tragic disaster at London’s Grenfell Tower in 2017. Zografos concludes with thoughts on Freud’s drive theory. He argues the practice of architectural conservation is an expression of the life drive and a simultaneous repression of the death drive, which suggests controlled destruction should be an integral part of the conservation agenda.&#xD;&#xD;

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architecture --- fire --- psychoanalysis --- Freud

Das erweiterte Museum

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Book Series: MuseumsBausteine ISBN: 9783422981010 9783422074361 Year: Pages: 160 Language: German
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Architecture --- Arts in general
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Today, museums use various media to convey and communicate content. The spectrum ranges from print media to multimedia productions, hands-on and media stations to interactive, software and web-based offers. These change the "learning location museum" and expand it into digital space. This volume documents current concepts and technologies. It illuminates important instruments such as websites, online collections, social media, media stations, multimedia guides and essential topics such as e-learning, e-publishing, storytelling or digital strategies. In addition, concrete tips and recommendations for action regarding the conception, production and operation of media in the museum are given. An e-book and a digital toolkit with constantly updated material as well as media and application examples complete the publication.&#xD;

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Art --- Architecture --- Museum

TitleNew Islamic Urbanism

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ISBN: 9781787356429 Year: Pages: 262 DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787356429 Language: English
Publisher: UCL Press
Subject: Political Science --- Ethnology --- Sociology --- Religion --- Architecture
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Since the dawn of the oil era, cities in Saudi Arabia have witnessed rapid growth and profound societal changes. As a response to foreign architectural solutions and the increasing popularity of Western lifestyles, a distinct style of architecture and urban planning has emerged. Characterised by an emphasis on privacy, expressed through high enclosures, gates, blinds, and tinted windows, ‘New Islamic Urbanism’ constitutes for some an important element of piety. For others, it enables alternative ways of life, indulgence in banned social practices, and the formation of both publics and counterpublics.

Brokers of Modernity

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ISBN: 9789461662545 9789462701724 Year: Pages: 400 DOI: 10.11116/9789461662545 Language: English
Publisher: Leuven University Press Grant: KU Leuven
Subject: Architecture
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"The story of modernist architects in East Central Europe.&#xD;&#xD;The first half of the twentieth century witnessed the rise of modernist architects. Brokers of Modernity reveals how East Central Europe turned into one of the pre-eminent testing grounds of the new belief system of modernism. By combining the internationalism of the CIAM organization and the modernising aspirations of the new states built after 1918, the reach of modernist architects extended far beyond their established fields. Yet, these architects paid a price when Europe’s age of extremes intensified. Mainly drawing on Polish, but also wider Central and Eastern European cases, this book delivers a pioneering study of the dynamics of modernist architects as a group, including how they became qualified, how they organized, communicated and attempted to live the modernist lifestyle themselves. In doing so, Brokers of Modernity raises questions concerning collective work in general and also invites us to examine the social role of architects today."&#xD;

The Imagery of Interior Spaces

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ISBN: 9781950192199 9781950192205 Year: Pages: 244 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0248.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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On the unstable boundaries between “interior” and “exterior,” “private” and “public,” and always in some way relating to a “beyond,” the imagery of interior space in literature reveals itself as an often disruptive code of subjectivity and of modernity. The wide variety of interior spaces elicited in literature — from the odd room over the womb, secluded parks, and train compartments, to the city as a world under a cloth — reveal a common defining feature: these interiors can all be analyzed as codes of a paradoxical, both assertive and fragile, subjectivity in its own unique time and history. They function as subtexts that define subjectivity, time, and history as profoundly ambiguous realities, on interchangeable existential, socio-political, and epistemological levels. This volume addresses the imagery of interior spaces in a number of iconic and also lesser known yet significant authors of European, North American, and Latin American literature of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries: Djuna Barnes, Edmond de Goncourt, William Faulkner, Gabriel García Márquez, Benito Pérez Galdós, Elsa Morante, Robert Musil, Jules Romains, Peter Waterhouse, and Émile Zola.

Passeggiando per la Federico II

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Book Series: Fuori Collana ISBN: 9788868870539 Year: Pages: 168 DOI: 10.6093/978-88-6887-053-9 Language: ita
Publisher: FedOA - Federico II University Press
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[English]:This volume - has the prevailing goal of let be known the effect and importance of the different locations of the University Federico II in the extended urban context of the metropolitan area of ​​Naples. A publication in the occasion of Federico II's birthday, 795 years of history that fall on 7 June 2019. The twenty-seven sites of the University Federico II, gathered in this volume and described by my colleagues of the Department of history of Architecture of our University, are strongly linked to the history of the city, from the early Middle Ages to the modern and contemporary age. In fact, through their description, come to light events linked to civil, political and art history with the evolution of the style and the different artistic forms. The aim of the publication is to make people capable to understand the significant role of the locations of the Federico II, in the context of the metropolitan city, and how these valuable Architectures, plenty of art, thanks to the University are preserved, given value, repurposed, and offered in usage of a large audience.[Italiano]:Questo volume - ha la finalità prevalente di far conoscere l’incidenza e l’importanza delle differenti sedi dell’Università Federico II nel contesto urbano della vasta area metropolitana di Napoli. Una pubblicazione in occasione del compleanno della Federico II, 795 anni di storia che cadono il 7 giugno del 2019. Le ventisette sedi della Federico II, raccolte in questo volume e descritte dai colleghi appartenenti all’area di storia dell’architettura della nostra università, sono fortemente legate alla storia della città, dall’alto medioevo all’età moderna e contemporanea. Infatti, attraverso la loro descrizione, emergono eventi legati alla storia civile, politica e a quella dell’arte con l’evoluzione del gusto e delle diverse forme artistiche. L’obiettivo della pubblicazione è quello di far comprendere il ruolo significativo delle sedi della Federico II, nell’ambito della città metropolitana, e come queste pregevoli architetture, ricche di artisticità diffusa, grazie all’Università vengono conservate, rifunzionalizzate, valorizzate e offerte alla fruizione di un grande pubblico

Barton Myers

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ISBN: 9781950192151 9781950192168 Year: Pages: 126 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0249.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Architecture
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"Drawing on the vast archival resources of its Architecture and Design Collection, the UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum (University of California, Santa Barbara) presents an assessment of 50 years of design by Barton Myers (b. 1934), beginning with his work in the Toronto firm A.J. Diamond and Barton Myers (1967–1975) to his own offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, Barton Myers Associates (1975–present).&#xD;&#xD;Myers’s strongest architectural ideas come out of the planning strategies of his early neighborhood activism in 1970s Toronto, his grounding in history, and his training in the classical traditions of site and space planning. Barton Myers is an avowed urbanist—a self-described radical in his early advocacy of old-fashioned qualities like density, mixed-use of new and re-purposed materials, and contextual planning in the late 1960s when that fundamentally conservative position was considered counter-culture. Myers’ urban manifesto was codified in “Vacant Lottery,” the title of the Design Quarterly issue co-edited by Myers and Canadian architect and educator George Baird in 1978 and which led to a renewal of interest in urban planning and offered a strategy for increasing population densities within cities while preserving the existing residential fabric. The term lived on long past the journal’s circulation cycle as both an urban infill strategy and an acknowledgment of the ceding of city planning responsibility to the “lottery” of private developers. Myers’s design practice has thus always been a social justice practice as well. Myers is also a brilliant designer of residential houses that take advantage of local landscape contexts and adaptive reuse of building materials, including steel and glass. &#xD;&#xD;Five essays – on urban planning, civic structures, reuse of historic buildings, single- and multi-family housing, and theaters – reinforce Myers’s commitment to urbanism and reveal his flexibility with modes of modernism. Natalie Shivers introduces the early planning work in Toronto and traces the “vacant lottery” idea of neighborhood infill to the influential Grand Avenue project in Los Angeles. Howard Shubert examines the architectural and planning strategies, and political complexities, of several civic structures in Canada and the United States. Luis Hoyos explores Myers’s additions and adaptations to historic buildings in diverse urban contexts. Lauren Bricker focuses on the use of steel and other industrial materials in Myers’s houses and analyses the neighborhood-based designs of his multi-family housing. Charles Oakley describes the technical innovations, site planning, and historical underpinnings of Myers’s theaters and performance complexes."&#xD;

Liquid Life

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ISBN: 9781950192175 9781950192182 Year: Pages: 600 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0246.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Biology --- Philosophy
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If we lived in a liquid world, the concept of a "machine" would make no sense. Liquid life is metaphor and apparatus that discusses the consequences of thinking, working, and living through liquids. It is an irreducible, paradoxical, parallel, planetary-scale material condition, unevenly distributed spatially, but temporally continuous. It is what remains when logical explanations can no longer account for the experiences that we recognize as part of "being alive."Liquid Life references a third-millennial understanding of matter that seeks to restore the agency of the liquid soul for an ecological era, which has been banished by reductionist, "brute" materialist discourses and mechanical models of life. Offering an alternative worldview of the living realm through a "new materialist" and "liquid" study of matter, Armstrong conjures forth examples of creatures that do not obey mechanistic concepts like predictability, efficiency, and rationality. With the advent of molecular science, an increasingly persuasive ontology of liquid technologies can be identified. Through the lens of lifelike dynamic droplets, the agency for these systems exists at the interfaces between different fields of matter/energy that respond to highly local effects, with no need for a central organizing system.Liquid Life seeks an alternative partnership between humanity and the natural world. It provokes a re-invention of the languages of the living realm to open up alternative spaces for exploration, including contributor Rolf Hughes’ "angelology" of language, which explores the transformative invocations of prose poetry, and Simone Ferracina’s graphical notations that help shape our concepts of metabolism, upcycling, and designing with fluids. A conceptual and practical toolset for thinking and designing, liquid life reunites us with the irreducible "soul substance" of living things, which will neither be simply "solved," nor go away.&#xD;

Creating Healthy and Sustainable Buildings

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ISBN: 9783030194123 Year: Pages: 160 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-19412-3 Language: English
Publisher: Springer
Subject: Public Health --- Social Sciences --- Architecture
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The open access book discusses human health and wellbeing within the context of built environments. It provides a comprehensive overview of relevant sources of literature and user complaints that clearly demonstrate the consequences of lack of attention to health in current building design and planning. Current designing of energy-efficient buildings is mainly focused on looking at energy problems and not on addressing health. Therefore, even green buildings that place environmental aspects above health issues can be uncomfortable and unhealthy, and can lead to public health problems. The authors identify many health risk factors and their parameters, and the interactions among risk factors and building design elements. They point to the need for public health specialists, engineers and planners to come together and review built environments for human wellbeing and environmental sustainability. The authors therefore present a tool for holistic decision-making processes, leading to short- and long-term benefits for people and their environment.

Size Matters – Understanding Monumentality Across Ancient Civilizations

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Book Series: Histoire ISBN: 9783839445389 9783837645385 Year: Pages: 350 DOI: 10.14361/9783839445389 Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Subject: History
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When talking about monuments, size undeniably matters – or does it? But how else can we measure monumentality? Bringing together researchers from various fields such as archaeology, museology, history, sociology, Mesoamerican studies, and art history, this book discusses terminological and methodological approaches in both theoretical contributions and various case studies. While focusing on architectural aspects, this volume also discusses the social meaning of monuments, the role of forced and free labour, as well as textual monumentality. The result is a modern interdisciplinary take on an important concept which is notoriously difficult to define. When talking about monuments, size undeniably matters – or does it? But how else can we measure monumentality? Bringing together researchers from various fields such as archaeology, museology, history, sociology, Mesoamerican studies, and art history, this book discusses terminological and methodological approaches in both theoretical contributions and various case studies. While focusing on architectural aspects, this volume also discusses the social meaning of monuments, the role of forced and free labour, as well as textual monumentality. The result is a modern interdisciplinary take on an important concept which is notoriously difficult to define.

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