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Virilio for Architects

By John Armitage

Routledge – 2015 – 128 pages

Series: Thinkers for Architects

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Description

Currently regarded as one of the most interesting, relevant, and radical interpreters of architecture in the twenty-first century, contemporary French architect and "critic of the art of technology" Paul Virilio challenges and breaches the borders of the ever-burgeoning field of structural design.

Given the import of his work, its promise and problems, Virilio for Architects presents an innovative introduction to and overview of the contribution to theories and analyses provided by Virilio on architecture, including its specialized vocabularies, practices, professionalization, and modes of communication.

Written by a leading contemporary cultural and media theorist, and Virilio specialist the book provides:

  • a focused yet representative treatment of Virilio’s key theoretical concepts and themes from across his work on architecture so far
  • focused coverage of Virilio’s unconventional architectural ideas and how they function within his highly idiosyncratic approach to the direction architecture should take
  • a reliable introduction to and critical overview of Virilio’s inspired and multi-disciplinary informed architectural theory through a concentrated engagement with his writings on architecture, urban space, and the relations between his architectural ideas and those of architecture’s creators, contemporary architects
  • a clear outline, exploration, and developmental narrative of the most important "Virilian" themes, written in a way that can be understood by undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, and non-academic readers alike.

Virilio has a reputation as a demanding architectural theorist whose writings are difficult to decode and which use specialized theoretical concepts often far removed from the traditions of architectural theory. This book allows students, researchers, and non-academic readers to connect with Virilio’s distinctive architectural theories, critical studies, and fresh ideas.

Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Architecture of Vertigo3. Improbable Architecture: The Third Window 4. Virilio’s Philosophy of Architecture: On Natural Light and the City of Extremes 5. Virilio Among the Architects: Grey Ecology and Beyond Further Reading Bibliography Index

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Description: By John Armitage. Currently regarded as one of the most interesting, relevant, and radical interpreters of architecture in the twenty-first century, contemporary French architect and "critic of the art of technology" Paul Virilio challenges and breaches the...
Categories: Theory of Architecture, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Technology