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Using key texts by the German architect and theorist Gottfried Semper, Mari Hvattum offers a reinterpretation of historicism, viewed as a philosophical outlook as well as an architectural problem. Hvattum focuses on Semper's two major concerns: an understanding of the ontological significance of art and architecture, and their rendering as objects of scientific investigation and prediction. She uses Semper's thought as a means to address the inherent problems of historicist thought and its continued influence on modern architectural discourse.Read more
- Original reinterpretation of one of the most influential architectural theorists in the modern period
- A broad and contextual exploration involving the history of science and philosophy
- More than an intellectual biography, addresses problems of historicist thought and its influence on modern architectural discourse
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- Date Published: January 2004
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521821636
- length: 288 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 184 x 23 mm
- weight: 0.817kg
- contains: 50 b/w illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print
Table of Contents
Part I. Towards a Poetics of Architecture:
1. The cult of origins
2. The doctrine of imitation
3. Semper and the poetic of architecture
Part II. Practical Aesthetics:
4. Semper and practical aesthetics
5. The comparative method
6. Towards a method of inventing
Part III. The Aporias of Historicism:
7. Semper and the 'Style of Our Time'
8. History and historicism
9. Between poetics and practical aesthetics.
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