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Architecture Depends - MIT Press (Paperback)
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Architecture Depends - MIT Press (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 08/02/2013
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Polemics and reflections on how to bridge the gap between what architecture actually is and what architects want it to be. Architecture depends-on what? On people, time, politics, ethics, mess: the real world. Architecture, Jeremy Till argues with conviction in this engaging, sometimes pugnacious book, cannot help itself; it is dependent for its very existence on things outside itself. Despite the claims of autonomy, purity, and control that architects like to make about their practice, architecture is buffeted by uncertainty and contingency. Circumstances invariably intervene to upset the architect's best-laid plans-at every stage in the process, from design through construction to occupancy. Architects, however, tend to deny this, fearing contingency and preferring to pursue perfection. With Architecture Depends, architect and critic Jeremy Till offers a proposal for rescuing architects from themselves: a way to bridge the gap between what architecture actually is and what architects want it to be. Mixing anecdote, design, social theory, and personal experience, Till's writing is always accessible, moving freely between high and low registers, much like his suggestions for architecture itself.

Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780262518789
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm


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Till's book is about the world he knows and how one conveys ideas behind architecture. It is a superbly written, frequently fascinating set of arguments that will support architects who wish to use the messy stuff of life for their own advantage. -Tim Abrahams , Blueprint

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