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Introduction: Architecture and Aesthetics
Introduction: Architecture and aesthetics
JohnMacarthur and NaomiStead

This section of the Handbook covers what is perhaps the least developed area of modern architectural theory, that is, the relation of architecture to aesthetics and the idea of art. This might seem surprising to those outside the discipline, because if architecture is something more than the management of natural and social situations, we might expect to find a justification for this claim in philosophical aesthetics or theories of art and artistic affect. Instead, we find a dispersed discussion of pleasure and entertainment, of taste, of ennui, of distortion and constraint, of abstraction and corporeality. We read discussions of affects that might be considered aesthetic and of practices that might be called artistic, but in the ...

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