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- DescriptionArchitecture Post Mortem surveys architecture's encounter with death, decline, and ruination following late capitalism. As the world moves closer to an ecomic abyss that many perceive to be the death of capital, contraction and crisis are longer mere phases of rmal market fluctuations, but rather the irruption of the unconscious of ideology itself. Post mortem is that historical moment wherein architecture's symbolic contract with capital is put on stage, naked to all. Architecture is t irrelevant to fiscal and political contagion as is commonly believed; it is the victim and penetrating analytical agent of the current crisis. As the very apparatus for modernity's guilt and unfulfilled drives-modernity's debt-architecture is that ideological element that functions as a master signifier of its own destruction, ordering all other signifiers and modes of signification beneath it. It is under these conditions that architecture theory has retreated to an 'Alamo' of history, a final desert outpost where history has been asked to transcend itself. For architecture's hoped-for utopia always involves an apocalypse. This timely collection of essays reformulates architecture's relation to modernity via the operational death-drive: architecture is but a passage between life and death. This collection includes essays by Kazi K. Ashraf, David Bertolini, Simone Brott, Peggy Deamer, Didem Ekici, Paul Emmons, Donald Kunze, Todd McGowan, Gevork Hartoonian, Nadir Lahiji, Erika Naginski, and Dennis Maher.
- Author BiographyDonald Kunze, Penn State University, USA, C. David Bertolini, Louisiana State University, USA and Simone Brott, Queensland University of Technology, Australia Donald Kunze, Todd McGowan, Nadir Lahiji, David Bertolini, Kazi K. Ashraf, Gevork Hartoonian, Peggy Deamer, Paul Emmons, Erika Naginski, Didem Ekici, Dennis Maher.
- Author(s)David Bertolini,Donald Kunze
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication30/08/2013
- Series TitleAshgate Studies in Architecture
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAshgate Publishing Limited
- Content NoteIncludes 27 b&w illustrations
- Weight592 g
- Width174 mm
- Height246 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Edited bySimone Brott
- Series Edited byDr. Eamonn Canniffe
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