The Aesthetics of Architecture

Author: Roger Scruton

Publisher: Princeton University Press


Category: Architecture

Page: 320

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A landmark account of architectural theory and practice from acclaimed philosopher Roger Scruton Architecture is distinguished from other art forms by its sense of function, its localized quality, its technique, its public and nonpersonal character, and its continuity with the decorative arts. In this important book, Roger Scruton calls for a return to first principles in contemporary architectural theory, contending that the aesthetic of architecture is, in its very essence, an aesthetic of everyday life. Aesthetic understanding is inseparable from a sense of detail and style, from which the appropriate, the expressive, the beautiful, and the proportionate take their meaning. Scruton provides incisive critiques of the romantic, functionalist, and rationalist theories of design, and of the Freudian, Marxist, and semiological approaches to aesthetic value. In a new introduction, Scruton discusses how his ideas have developed since the book's original publication, and he assesses the continuing relevance of his argument for the twenty-first century.

Aesthetics and Architecture

Author: Edward Winters

Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group


Category: Philosophy

Page: 200

View: 713

A sophisticated but engaging look at the debates and ideas involved in the aesthetics of architecture - part of a major new series from Continuum's philosophy list.

From Autos to Architecture: Fordism and Architectural Aesthetics in The Twentieth Century

Author: David Gartman

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press


Category: Architecture

Page: 404

View: 388

One of the most interesting questions in architectural history is why modern architecture emerged from the war-ravaged regions of central Europe and not the United States, whose techniques of mass production and mechanical products so inspired the first generation of modern architects like Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius. In From Autos to Architecture, historian David Gartman offers a critical social history that shows how Fordist mass production and industrial architecture in America influenced European designers to an extent previously not understood. Drawing on Marxist economics, the Frankfurt School, and French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, From Autos to Architecture deftly illustrates the different class structures and struggles of America and Europe. Examining architecture in the context of social conflicts, From Autos to Architecture offers a critical alternative to standard architectural histories focused on aesthetics alone.

The Philosophy of Sustainable Design

Author: Jason F. McLennan

Publisher: Ecotone Publishing


Category: Architecture

Page: 376

View: 917

The author outlines the major ideas and issues that have emerged in the growing movement of green architecture and sustainable design over the last thirty years. The book asks individuals to understand how the philosophy of sustainable design can affect their own work.

Meaning and Aesthetics in Architecture

Author: self-published



Category: Architecture


View: 342

Every thing we encounter has for us meaning. It is what we infer as a particular understanding of the thing. But we also provide meaning by how we live and what we produce. This implies process and result, also in architecture. Decision making is involved with judgments on theoretical and practical issues. The activities are driven by factors of purpose, context and realization. This text proceeds from explaining philosophical foundations of meaning to interpreting physical designs of architecture. At the center is design thinking which has rational and emotional components, making it profoundly aesthetic. The concept of design narratives is developed as the dialog between the content and the form of projects. The text is profusely supported by illustrations in color and hyperlinked with extensive references.

Designs and Their Consequences

Author: Richard Hill

Publisher: Yale University Press


Category: Architecture

Page: 275

View: 463

A discussion of the many-faceted relationship between aesthetic theory and architecture. It analyzes the relationship between buildings and designs, explores the notion of architectural experience, and covers modern architecture's aim to deepen the connection between usefulness and design.

Aesthetic Theory: Essential Texts for Architecture and Design

Author: Mark Gage

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company


Category: Art

Page: 336

View: 502

This anthology of writings addresses the producers of the very forms that are judged aesthetically - students of architecture, graphic design, interior design, fashion, and industrial design. The selections are from philosophy, art history, literary criticism, architectural practice, Renaissance scholarship, critical theory, and the cognitive neurosciences. They represent varying points of view, formats, lengths and intents. Some are complete book chapters or essays, some excerpts from writings on topics seemingly distant from aesthetic theory. All offer insights into the importance of considering form relative to its aesthetic qualities and influence. Each selection is accompanied by head notes that glean the core arguments, enhance understanding, and provide a critical educational tool so anyone involved in the act of design, whether for an urban cultural space or the packaging for a cosmetic product, can be informed about the aesthetic theories that consider the relationship between form and its impact on the individual and society.