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Thinkers for Architects

Our Series of the Month, Thinkers for Architects, is a "valuable addition to any studio space," says Architectural Record. Examining some of the most important, and most daunting philosophy of the 20th Century, Thinkers for Architects looks at the critical dialog on space, architecture, and experience in the built environment provided by leading lights of contemporary philosophy: Deleuze and Guattari, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and many others.

Architects have oftentimes looked to philosophers and theorists from beyond the discipline for design inspiration or in search of a critical framework for practice. This original series offers quick, clear introductions to key thinkers who have written about architecture and whose work can yield insights for designers. Each book reflects upon what a thinker has to offer for architects, locates their architectural thinking in the context of their work, introduces significant texts, helps decode terms and provides quick reference for further reading. If you find theoretical writing on architecture difficult, or simply don't know where to begin, this series will be indispensable.

Available titles: Deleuze and Guattari for Architects, Heidegger for Architects, Irigaray for Architects, Merleau-Ponty for Architects

Coming in 2010: Bordieu for Architects, Bhabha for Architects, Benjamin for Architects.

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  1. Benjamin for Architects

    By Brian Elliott

    Series: Thinkers for Architects

    Walter Benjamin has become a decisive reference point for a whole range of critical disciplines, as he constructed a unique and provocative synthesis of aesthetics, politics and philosophy. Examining Benjamin’s contributions to cultural criticism in relation to the works of Max Ernst, Adolf Loos,...

    Published December 8th 2010 by Routledge

  2. Bhabha for Architects

    By Felipe Hernandez

    Series: Thinkers for Architects

    The work of Homi K. Bhabha has permeated into numerous publications which use postcolonial discourse as a means to analyze architectural practices in previously colonized contexts, particularly in Africa, Asia, the Middle-East, South-East Asia and, Latin America. Bhabha's use of the concept of...

    Published January 25th 2010 by Routledge

  3. Bourdieu for Architects

    By Helena Webster

    Series: Thinkers for Architects

    Pierre Bourdieu is arguably one of the twentieth century’s greatest socio-philosophical thinkers and his writings have much to offer anyone interested in the ways that people value, consume and produce architecture. Bourdieu spent much of his life attempting to understand cultural consumption and...

    Published July 9th 2010 by Routledge

  4. Deleuze & Guattari for Architects

    By Andrew Ballantyne

    Series: Thinkers for Architects

    The work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari has been inspirational for architects and architectural theorists in recent years. It has influenced the design work of architects as diverse as Greg Lynn and David Chipperfield, and is regularly cited by avant-gardist architects and by students, but...

    Published October 2nd 2007 by Routledge

  5. Heidegger for Architects

    By Adam Sharr

    Series: Thinkers for Architects

    Informing the designs of architects as diverse as Peter Zumthor, Steven Holl, Hans Scharoun and Colin St. John Wilson, the work of Martin Heidegger has proved of great interest to architects and architectural theorists. The first introduction to Heidegger’s philosophy written specifically for...

    Published October 2nd 2007 by Routledge

  6. Irigaray for Architects

    By Peg Rawes

    Series: Thinkers for Architects

    Specifically for architects, the third title in the Thinkers for Architects series examines the relevance of Luce Irigaray’s work for architecture. Eight thematic chapters explore the bodily, spatio-temporal, political and cultural value of her ideas for making, discussing and experiencing...

    Published October 24th 2007 by Routledge