Surrealism and Architecture

Surrealism and Architecture

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  • Author: Thomas Mical
  • Publisher: Psychology Press
  • ISBN: 9780415325202
  • Category : Architecture
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 362

Twenty-one essays examining the relationship of surrealist thought to architectural theory and practice.


Surrealism and Architecture

Surrealism and Architecture

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  • Author: Thomas Mical
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134343450
  • Category : Architecture
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 376

This is a historically informed examination of architecture's perceived absence in surrealist thought, surrealist tendencies in the theories and projects of modern architecture, and the place of surrealist thought in contemporary design. This book represents current insights into surrealism in the thought and practice of modern architecture. In these essays, the role of the subconscious, the techniques of defamiliarization, aesthetic and social forces affecting the objects, interiors, cities and landscapes of the twentieth century are revealed. The book contains a diversity of voices from across modern art and architecture to bring into focus what is often overlooked in the histories of the modernist avant-garde. This collection examines the practices of writers, artists, architects, and urbanists with emphasis on a critique of the everyday world-view, offering alternative models of subjectivity, artistic effect, and the production of meanings in the built world.


Celebrating the Marvellous

Celebrating the Marvellous

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1119254434
  • Category : Architecture
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 136

We are entering a new era of architecture that is technologically enhanced, virtual and synthetic. Contemporary architects operate in a creative environment that is both real and digital; mixed, augmented and hybridised. This world consists of ecstasies, fears, fetishisms and phantoms, processes and spatiality that can best be described as Surrealist. Though too long dormant, Surrealism has been a significant cultural force in modern architecture. Founded by poet André Breton in Paris in 1924 as an artistic, intellectual and literary movement, architects such as Le Corbusier, Diller + Scofidio, Bernard Tschumi and John Hejduk realised its evocative powers to propel them to 'starchitect' status. Rem Koolhaas most famously illustrated Delirious New York (1978) with Madelon Vriesendorp's compelling Surrealist images. Architects are now reviving the power of Surrealism to inspire and explore the ramifications of advanced technology. Architects' studios in practices and schools are becoming places where nothing is forbidden. Architectural languages and theories are 'mashed' together, approaches are permissively appropriated, and styles are not mutually exclusive. Projects are polemic, postmodern and surreally media savvy. Today's architects must compose space that operates across the spatial spectrum. Surrealism, with its multiple readings of the city, its collage semiotics, its extruded forms and artificial landscapes, is an ideal source for contemporary architectural inspiration. Contributors include: Bryan Cantley, Nic Clear, James Eagle, Natalie Gall, Mark Morris, Dagmar Motycka Weston, Alberto Perez-Gomez, Shaun Murray, Anthony Vidler, and Elizabeth Anne Williams. Featured architects: Nigel Coates, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Perry Kulper, and Mark West.


Curating Architecture and the City

Curating Architecture and the City

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  • Author: Sarah Chaplin
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134009771
  • Category : Architecture
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 273

Addressing the collection, representation and exhibition of architecture and the built environment, this book explores current practices, historical precedents, theoretical issues and future possibilities arising from the meeting of a curatorial ‘subject’ and an architectural ‘object’. Striking a balance between theoretical investigations and case studies, the chapters cover a broad methodological as well as thematic range. Examining the influential role of architectural exhibitions, the contributors also look at curatorship as an emerging attitude towards the investigation and interpretation of the city. International in scope, this collection investigates curation, architecture and the city across the world, opening up new possibilities for exploring the urban fabric.


Historical Dictionary of Surrealism

Historical Dictionary of Surrealism

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  • Author: Keith Aspley
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press
  • ISBN: 0810858479
  • Category : Art
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 545

Surrealism was a broad movement, which attracted many adherents. It was organized and quite strictly disciplined, at least until the death of its leader, Andre Breton, in 1966. As a consequence, its membership was in a constant state of flux: persons were constantly being admitted and excluded, and often the latter continued to regard themselves as Surrealists. The wide-ranging nature of the Surrealist movement was spread over many countries and many different art forms, including painting, sculpture, cinema, photography, music, theater, and literature, most notably poetry. The Historical Dictionary of Surrealism relates the history of this movement through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 600 cross-referenced dictionary entries on persons, circles, and groups who participated in the movement; a global entry on some of the journals and reviews they produced; and a sampling of major works of art, cinema, and literature."


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Architecture and Surrealism

Architecture and Surrealism

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  • Author: Neil Spiller
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  • ISBN: 9780500343203
  • Category :
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 256

A pioneering major survey on the rich relationship between the imagery and concepts of Surrealist art and the architecture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries


Modernity for the Masses

Modernity for the Masses

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  • Author: Ana María León
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • ISBN: 1477321780
  • Category : Architecture
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 328

Throughout the early twentieth century, waves of migration brought working-class people to the outskirts of Buenos Aires. This prompted a dilemma: Where should these restive populations be situated relative to the city’s spatial politics? Might housing serve as a tool to discipline their behavior? Enter Antonio Bonet, a Catalan architect inspired by the transatlantic modernist and surrealist movements. Ana María León follows Bonet's decades-long, state-backed quest to house Buenos Aires's diverse and fractious population. Working with totalitarian and populist regimes, Bonet developed three large-scale housing plans, each scuttled as a new government took over. Yet these incomplete plans—Bonet's dreams—teach us much about the relationship between modernism and state power. Modernity for the Masses finds in Bonet's projects the disconnect between modern architecture’s discourse of emancipation and the reality of its rationalizing control. Although he and his patrons constantly glorified the people and depicted them in housing plans, Bonet never consulted them. Instead he succumbed to official and elite fears of the people's latent political power. In careful readings of Bonet's work, León discovers the progressive erasure of surrealism's psychological sensitivity, replaced with an impulse, realized in modernist design, to contain the increasingly empowered population.


Rem Koolhaas/OMA

Rem Koolhaas/OMA

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  • Author: Roberto Gargiani
  • Publisher: EPFL Press
  • ISBN: 9780415461450
  • Category : Architects
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 358

This first critical monograph places the work of Rem Koolhaas and OMA in a cultural context that allows the reader to better understand the creative process of modern architecture, retracing the career of Rem Koolhaas in chronological and thematic order.


Pamphlet Architecture 1-10

Pamphlet Architecture 1-10

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  • Author: Steven Holl
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  • Category : Architecture
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 504

Pamphlet architecture was initiated in 1977 as an independent vehicle to criticize, question and exchange views. Each issue is assembled by and individual author/architect.