Reclaiming the humanistic role of architecture in theage of technology: an examination of architecture's indispensablerole as a cultural force throughout history.Reclaiming the humanistic role of architecture in theage of technology: an examination of architecture's indispensablerole as a cultural force throughout history.Read Less
Minor rubbing. An ink mark to bottom page-edge. VG. 24x18cm., xviii, 506 pp. "In this long-awaited work, Dalibor Vesely proposes an alternative to the narrow vision of contemporary architecture as a discipline that can be treated as an instrument or commodity. In doing so, he offers nothing less than an account of the ontological and cultural foundations of modern architecture and, consequently, of the nature and cultural role of architecture through history. Vesely's argument, structured as a critical dialogue, discovers the first plausible anticipation of modernity in the formation of Renaissance perspective. Understanding this notion of perspective against the background of the medieval philosophy of light, he argues, leads to an understanding of architectural space as formed by typical human situations and by light before it is structured geometrically. The central part of the book addresses the question of divided representation-the tension between the instrumental and the communicative roles of architecture-in the period of the baroque, when architectural thinking was seriously challenged by the emergence of modern science"-Publisher's description.
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