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The Tragic in Architecture


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This volume looks at the meaning of architecture, including essays by architectural writers and cultural critics. Also included are a wide variety of visual materials that includes historical works and those by contemporary architects. Has 20th-century modernist architecture forever banished the possibility of pursuing art's 'great themes' in architecture? This title uses the theme of the tragic to ask some of the most far-reaching questions about the meaning of contemporary architecture. It explores the possibility of whether a return to explicitly narrative traditions would recuperate the human significance of its subjects. The theme is opened up by a reassessment of tragedy in the history of aesthetics, a critique of the origins of the modernist aesthetic and by relating trauma studies, which have been applied to other cultural criticism, to architecture.

Author Biography

Richard Patterson, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.
Release date NZ
November 28th, 2000
Guest editor Richard Patterson
Country of Publication
United States
John Wiley & Sons Inc
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