Constructing a New Agenda: Architechtural Theory 1993-2009
Critical architectural theory has, over the past decade and a half, undergone significant transformation. The urgency of the 1990s propractice movement, with its mandate to focus on the realities of building, has shifted architectural theory away from utopian ideals and heavy-handed cultural critiques toward the realities of architecture and building. This transition renders theory's immediate history particularly relevant to contemporary thought and practice. Constructing a New Agenda offers an overview of the myriad approaches and attitudes adopted by architects and architectural theorists during this era. In this long-awaited follow-up to our critically acclaimed and best-selling anthology Theorizing a New Agenda, editor A. Krista Sykes collects twenty-eight essays that address architectural theory from the mid-1990s, where the first volume left off, through the present.
Multiple themes—including the impact of digital technologies on processes of architectural design, production, materiality, and representation; the implications of globalization and networks of information; the growing emphasis on sustainable and green architecture; and the phenomenon of the "starchitect" and iconic architecture—overlap to address the contemporary situation as a whole. By providing, in one place, the keytheoretical texts of the past fifteen years, Constructing a New Agenda becomes a foundation for ongoing discussions surrounding contemporary architectural thought and practice. Contributions by distinguished thinkers and makers such as Stan Allen, Deborah Berke, Michael Braungart, Rem Koolhaas, Sanford Kwinter, Greg Lynn, Reinhold Martin, William McDonough, William Mitchell, Samuel Mockbee, Glenn Murcutt, Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto, Michael Speaks and Anthony Vidler are preceded by brief introductions that establish each essay's particular historical context and significance. An afterword by preeminent architectural theorist K. Michael Hays reflects on where architectural theory is today and where it's headed in the future.
architecture theory for i-phone generation
By Joong Won Lee "Joongwon" - March 28, 2012
"Architecture Theory Since 1968" honestly was all about critical theory. Kate Nesbitt's book, "theorizing a new agenda...1965-1995" was a more balanced theory book, giving equal weights to critical regionalism, phenomenology, structuralism, and post-structuralism. But still, it was all about -ology and -ism. Big thoughts and big talks. Thankfully, this edition, by editor A. Krista Sykes, is about playful and delightful ways of thinking architecture.
At last,,,, (it's about time !!!),,,, we see an architectural theory centered around design and practice that makes architects laugh and nod. I mean if you are a fan of an architectural theory, here is a book for you. The word, "Projective", summarizes my reading of the book. Projective is not an ideological narratives (a critical-theory based talks), instead, it's a design stance of i-phone attitude; playful and musical, fingertip pushing and pulling of screens, seeking... read more
A Must Have In The 21st Century
By rtmartin - December 26, 2010
Fantastic content on architecture theory in todays context. A collective set of essays from the leading architects of the 20th and 21st century. If you are an architecture, stay in touch with architecture theory and the digital movement that we face.
theories. theories. all theories.
By visualizor - March 5, 2012
i am not a big theory person when it comes to architecture. it does have many writings with the discourse. a good collection of recent published essays and theses. personally i thought many of the writings are a bit hard to grasp. sometimes the language gets confusing. but it is an anthology. so i should give full credit for the author who collected the writings and present them in one place.