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- DescriptionArchitecture can longer limit itself to the art of making buildings; it must also invent the politics of taking them apart. This is Jill Stoner's premise for a mir architecture. Her architect's eye tracks differently from most, drawn t to the lauded and iconic but to what she calls the landscape of our constructed mistakes -- metropolitan hinterlands rife with failed and foreclosed developments, undersubscribed office parks, chain hotels, and abandoned malls. These graveyards of capital, Stoner asserts, may be stripped of their excess and become sites of strategic spatial operations. But first we must dissect and dismantle prevalent architectural mythologies that brought them into being -- western obsessions with interiority, with the automy of the building-object, with the architect's mantle of celebrity, and with the idea of nature as that which is other than the built metropolis. These four myths form the warp of the book. Drawing on the literary theory of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Stoner suggests that mir architectures, like mir literatures, emerge from the bottoms of power structures and within the language of those structures. Yet they too are the result of powerful and instrumental forces. Provoked by collective desires, directed by the instability of time, and celebrating contingency, mir architectures may be mobilized within buildings that are oversaturated, underutilized, or perceived as obsolete. Stoner's provocative challenge to current discourse veers away from design, through a diverse landscape of cultural theory, contemporary fiction, and environmental ethics. Hers is an optimistic and inclusive approach to a more politicized practice of architecture.
- Author BiographyJill Stoner is Associate Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Master of Architecture program at the University of California, Berkeley. A practicing architect, she is the recipient of numerous national and international design awards. Her first book, Poems for Architects, explores contemporary spatial and architectural themes through an anthology of twentieth-century poems.
- Author(s)Jill Stoner
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication03/04/2012
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note25 b&w illus.
- Weight295 g
- Width127 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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