Robert Segrest redefines (suburban) Architecture as an immaterial, written byproduct, an incidental geography of experiences outside the material objects of traditional architecture.
Fredric Jameson rescues architecture from the implacably negative position theorized by Manfredo Tafuri, and in the process teaches us about the idealism of narrative, Marxism, and the materialism of postmodernity.
Jorge Silvetti's essay, "The Beauty of the Shadows," investigates the theoretical and ideological architecture of Tafuri, Agrest, and Gandelsonas in order to find a middle ground for the architectural process.
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.
Tschumi provides a history of architectural theory and space, setting up the inseparable and necessary paradox of conceptual v. experiential architecture.
Massimo Scolari delineates new principles for architecture as a discipline, finally characterizing an autonomous architecture as a cognitive project free of extra-architectural concerns.
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.
"11 Weeks of Michael Hays" : John Hejduk : Wall House
John Hejduk uses his 1972 project (kind of) to explain the development and rigor of an architectural vocabulary in an effort to dissolve the distinction between Form and Content by replacing them with critical architecture.
"11 Weeks of Michael Hays" : Colin Rowe : "Introduction" to Five Architects, 1972.
Colin Rowe, like others, is fighting to restore architecture's autonomy from ideology and 'content,' making a way for architecture to proceed, after modernism, as a formal art.