Unorthodox Ways to Think the City
Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
Venue: AA Bookshop
This book considers a series of familiar words and concepts that are ambiguously placed between the representation and the construction of space in architecture and the city. It challenges those ideas – their representations, constructions and dynamics – weaving around them a web of questions, references and narratives, to suggest new understandings. The paradigm and philosophy, the island and the city, the map and representation, the model and making, and the questioning of form performed by dust, are explored beyond their definition, as processes that differently make space between architecture and the city, and are proposed as unorthodox analytic techniques to decipher contemporary spatial complexity.
Unorthodox Ways analyses how these ‘figures’ have been employed at different times and in different creative disciplines, beyond architecture and in relation to changing notions of space, and traces the role that they have played in the shift towards the dynamic that has taken place in contemporary theory and design research. What emerges is the idea of an ‘architecture of the city’ that is not only physical but is largely defined by the way in which its physical spaces are regulated, lived and perceived, but also imagined and projected.
Teresa Stoppani lectures in History and Theory Studies at the Architectural Association. She is an editor of The Journal of Architecture, and the instigator and founder of the architecture research collective This Thing Called Theory. Her books include Paradigm Islands: Manhattan and Venice (2010) and the co-edited This Thing Called Theory (2016).
Join us for a drinks reception with the editors to celebrate the launch of this great new book.
Launch Price £65 RRP £115 (£50 Saving!)
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