Some notes on Jean-Louis Cohen's history of the reciprocating intellectual exchange between Italian and French intellectual cultures.
Alberto Pérez-Gómez presents: the essential phenomenological history, crisis, and imperative of 20th century 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.
Foucault concisely explains the history of space, architecture, and power, and brilliantly deals with architecture's misguided anxieties about society and the power of architects.
Vidler explains the modern history of architectural epistemes and the typologies built on them, including that of his own era, and how the City is home to legitimate architectural meaning.
Bernard Huet's essay presents the history of realism and formalism, from Soviet Russia to the Italian Tendeza, accompanied by the most significant and dangerous antinomies of architectural realism.
Martin Stienmann lays out the case for architectural realism, an architecture that is at once populist, traditional, historical, formal, and epistemological.
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.
Massimo Scolari delineates new principles for architecture as a discipline, finally characterizing an autonomous architecture as a cognitive project free of extra-architectural concerns.