Building Bad: How Architectural Utility is Constrained by Politics and Damaged by Expression (Hardback)
  • Building Bad: How Architectural Utility is Constrained by Politics and Damaged by Expression (Hardback)
zoom

Building Bad: How Architectural Utility is Constrained by Politics and Damaged by Expression (Hardback)

(author)
£45.00
Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 15/06/2021
  • Coming soon

Awaiting publication

  • This item has been added to your basket
In this book, the author argues that architectural functionality is often constrained by political and economic forces, while it is also effectively undermined by modes of expression. Utilitarian building elements-for example, windows or skylights intended to bring daylight into offices or factories-may be subject to excessive heat gain, thereby coming into conflict with an evolving politics of energy conservation and global warming mitigation. Yet at the other extreme they may be deployed as part of expressive systems whose value, understood in terms of symbol and metaphor, can overwhelm these utilitarian considerations.

Politics and economics, in other words, establish lower and upper bounds for all utilitarian functions, whose costs and benefits are continually assessed on the basis of the profitable accumulation of wealth within a competitive global economy. Simultaneously, an artistic sensibility, also driven by competition, often contorts buildings into increasingly untenable forms. With utility both constrained by politics and attacked by expression, buildings-especially those that aim to be fashionable and avant-garde-often experience various degrees of utilitarian failure.

The political constraints and expressive tendencies affecting architectural utility are separately examined in the two parts of this book, while an epilogue looks at the implications for architectural education.

Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781848224667
Number of pages: 232
Dimensions: 240 x 170 mm

You may also be interested in...

The Art of Richard Eurich
Added to basket
Young Poland
Added to basket
£40.00
Hardback
Gillian Carnegie
Added to basket
Kyffin Williams
Added to basket
£40.00
Hardback
Kurt Jackson's Botanical Landscape
Added to basket
Kurt Jackson Sketchbooks
Added to basket
Edward Burra
Added to basket
£45.00
Hardback
Alan Davie and David Hockney
Added to basket
Photography of Protest and Community
Added to basket
Maggi Hambling: Touch
Added to basket
The Art Collector's Handbook
Added to basket
Arts and Crafts Pioneers
Added to basket
Cook's Camden
Added to basket
£45.00
Hardback
A Mary Newcomb 2018
Added to basket
Arts & Crafts Churches
Added to basket
Visions of Heaven
Added to basket
£45.00
Hardback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.