Peter Eisenman defines the real nature of the modern sensibility and of the architectural object in a world no longer ruled by the form-function axis. What remains in this post-functionalist world is an architectural object concerned with itself, its own process and its own history--a theoretical object.
Seven reviews of MoMA's Ecole des Beaux-Arts exhibit that recap the situation of multiple theoretical issues in the mid 1970s with humor, candor, and shade. If you read any of these 11 Weeks posts, read this one.
Tschumi provides a history of architectural theory and space, setting up the inseparable and necessary paradox of conceptual v. experiential architecture.
Diana Agrest describes the framework of the built world, made up of Design and Non-Design, how cultural systems communicate, and how to productively read meaning from the built environment.
Denise Hollier on why architecture prefigures everything else, and why "omniscience is the architect's greatest virtue."
Henry Lefebvre, from The Production of Space, 1974.
A fierce critique of post-modern architecture and architecture theory from a socially inspired historical analysis of space as an architectural and capitalistic product.
Massimo Scolari delineates new principles for architecture as a discipline, finally characterizing an autonomous architecture as a cognitive project free of extra-architectural concerns.
Gandelsonas gives us a clear and scientific critique of linguistic theory in architecture, with specific attention to Peter Eisenman, in hopes of producing the first real theory of Architecture.
Post Script to Rowe and Koetter's Collage City post and a review of the series's place in the Structuralist v. Post Structuralist debate (read: a review of Structuralism and Post Structuralism). CHECK IT.
"11 Weeks of Michael Hays" : Colin Rowe and Fred Koetter : Collage City, 1973.
Our easy days of theory are trumped by an avalanche of post-modern non-speak, and we get a glimpse through the debris of Rowe's theory of Collage as both method and justification for liberal formalism and architectural autonomy.