Theory is dead, long live theory! Discussing an era some call post-critique and others the end of theory, the debate over architectural critique and theory is more alive than ever. The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory draws an essential map for anyone who wants to participate in this debate... Although the critique of architecture has lost power with the advance of capitalism, exercises like this revive the value of theory, even in the intellectual context of contemporary pragmatism.
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.
The core of architectural theory for the past several decades has looked to architecture's autonomous structures and formal procedures as its primary material for analysis. Now 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 SAGE 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.
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.
This book is much more than a Handbook of Architectural Theory. It is a handbook of architecture, taking us through the most fundamental and creative thinking in structure, plan and form. It is at the same time a handbook of architectural history; of urbanism; of explorations into site, global city and mega-city; and of the topology and topography of space. None of the existing readers on architecture, urbanism or space have the breadth, the pedagogic value and amalgamation of creative thinking as this SAGE Handbook. A must as a reference resource.
I have been impressed by the quality of this handbook. Rather than simply edit and repackage familiar (but rightly famous) critical essays from leaders in the field, this book looks freshly at the field(s), and has commissioned intelligent and well-written chapters that cut the jargon and elucidate the various topics in a straightforward but serious manner.
This is an excellent handbook on architectural theory covering a wide range of interesting topics. It provides students and academics with breadth and depth in critical theoretical areas that support architectural design, research and pedagogy. It is an excellent resource.
The textbook "The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory" represents an excellent general approach to contemporary architecture theory. Some of the essays in the book are fundamental in understanding the current and future architecture, and therefore cannot be missing from an in-depth reading list.
M. Christine Boyer's text on "heritage terrorism" is probably among the best texts written on the theme of memory, and in general Section 4 is accurate, precise and indispensable as regards my form of teaching.
The book is very useful for the Landscape Architecture course and especially for the modules Theory and Criticism of Landscape Architecture, Urban Landscape Approaches and Sustainable Urban Environments. All sections of the book have articles related to the modules mentioned above and the overall course. I will add this course into the recommended reading materials for the specific modules as well as the overall course.
The book is well organized into sections and chapters and is easy for readers to address topics of interest.
This book provides valuable theory-practice link to architecture students who are mostly involved in solely practice and studio works. I found chapters on formalism and aesthetics particularly relevant in this manner.
This is an excellent publication addressing contemporary theoretical debates in architecture. Many of the issues the book deals with, including spatial practices, and sustainability are the focus of attention on our BA in Architectural Design. Through the process of engaging critically with the broad range of scholarly writing in the different sections it is hoped our students will deepen their understanding about architecture and develop their awareness of what it means to engage with architectural theoretical debates critically.
A complete guide for students that engage with theoretical explorations suitable at all levels of study and covering a range of aspects.
excellent key text. Very useful for helping students of architecture to develop their theoretical understanding of the subject.
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