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International Committee of Architectural Critics Award 2017

Chris Abel

As announced in the International Committee of Architectural Critics Press Release of 5 September the jury for the 2017 Book, Exhibition Catalogue and Journalism Awards unanimously agreed to give the CICA Bruno Zevi Book Award to the title: Chris Abel, The Extended Self - Architecture, Memes and Minds, Manchester University Press, 2015. The members of the international jury were: Joseph Rykwert (USA/UK); Manuel Cuadra (Germany); Sengui Oymen Gur (Turkey); Xiangning Li (China), and Louise Noelle (Mexico).

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John Ruskin and the Fabric of Architecture

Anuradha Chatterjee

Through the theoretical lenses of dress studies, gender, science, and visual studies, this volume assembles Ruskin’s theory of surface architecture, or the adorned “wall veil.” This book positions Ruskin as having proposed an unorthodox definition of architecture as surface, highlighting his major contribution to the field and an important moment in the history of architectural modernity.

John Ruskin and the Fabric of Architecture examines how the creative act in architecture, analogous to the divine act of creation, was viewed as a form of dressing. By adding aesthetic elements that had no use, and taking inspiration from the ‘veil’ of women’s clothing, Ruskin believed that buildings could be transformed into meaningful architecture. This volume presents a theory of textile analogy in architecture based on morality and gender that equals the power of Gottfried Semper’s historicist perspective. Ruskin’s textile analogy connects the realms of soul, dress, gender, and body in architecture.

This book would be beneficial to students and academics of architectural history and theory, gender studies and visual studies who wish to delve into the Ruskin’s theories and to further understand his capacity for thinking beyond the historical methods. The book will also be of interest to architectural practitioners who are keen to explore the beginnings of the contemporary phenomenon of surface architecture. 

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Herb Greene’s Generations: Six Decades of Collage Art and Architecture

Herb Greene

A comprehensive account of his vast artistic projects including collage, architecture, and armatures that date back to the 1960’s. This “picture book” is organized to showcase large-scale images of Mr. Greene’s architectural work alongside his collage paintings and Armature drawings in a way that reveals the unified philosophy behind all of his work. Its purpose is to tell a story of the important interrelationships between art, science, and philosophy, which is described with simple narratives that are juxtaposed alongside these image. Based in Berkeley, California, Mr. Greene’s early work is at the forefront of placemaking architecture that has begun to sweep our urban cities.

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Becoming a Feminist Architect

Karin Reisinger and Meike Schalk

This issue is one of three publications subsequent to the 13th International Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) Conference “Architecture & Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies,” which was held at KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm, between the 17th to 19th November in 2016.1 The conference gathered around 200 participants and included over a hundred paper presentations and performances, as well as two exhibitions. The overwhelming interest in reviving the feminist discourse in architecture gave us the opportunity to reflect on the process of becoming feminist architects. Becoming a feminist architectis a complex process, rife with strategies, tactics, frictions, advances and retreats, that will continue to engage us in the future as it does now. This became clear through the presentations of a wide range of different feminist architectural practices, both historical and contemporary, their diverse theoretical underpinnings and methodological reflections and speculations. The present publication assembles a series of vital discussions that emerged at the event, including accounts of careful and creative ways of becoming feminist architects by “knowing and doing otherwise,”2 “practising ‘otherwise’,”3 or doing architecture in other ways,4the implication of which is a rethinking and expansion of the conventional scope of architectural practice. With these three publications – this edition of Field Journal, the Architecture and Culture issue “Styles of Queer Feminist Practices and Objects,” and the anthology Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies – we have made an effort to create space for as many of the voices and positions present at the conference as possible.

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Architecture, Festival and the City

Edited by Jemma Browne, Christian Frost, Ray Lucas

Historically the urban festival served as an occasion for affirming shared convictions and identities in the life of the city. Whether religious or civic in nature, these events provided tangible expressions of social, cultural, political, and religious cohesion, often reaffirming a particular shared ethos within diverse urban landscapes. Architecture has long served as a key aspect of this process exhibiting continuity in the flux of these representations through the parading of elaborate ceremonial floats, the construction of temporary buildings, the ‘dressing’ of existing urban space, the alternative occupations of the everyday, and the construction of new buildings and spaces which then become a part of the background fabric of the city.

This book examines how festivals can be used as a lens to examine the relationship between city and citizen and questions whether this is fixed through time, or has been transformed as a response to changes in the modern urban condition. Architecture, Festival and the City looks at the multilayered nature of a diverse selection of festivals and the way they incorporate both orderly (authoritative) and disorderly (subversive) components. The aim is to reveal how the civic nature of urban space is utilised through festival to represent ideas of belonging and identity. Recent political and social gatherings also raise questions about the relationship of these events to ‘ritual’ and whether traditional practices can serve as meaningful references in the twenty-first century.

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