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The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon some of the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, the book examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections. Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book organizes itself around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory. A methodical, authoritative and comprehensive addition to the literature, the Handbook is suitable for academics, researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban geography, cultural studies, sociology and geography.

Architectural Phenomenology and the Rise of the Postmodern
Architectural phenomenology and the rise of the postmodern
JorgeOtero-Pailos

The term architectural phenomenology came into wide use in the post-war period to refer to the study of architecture as it presents itself to consciousness in terms of so-called archetypal human experiences, such as the bodily orientation of up and down, the perceptions of light and shadow, or the feelings of dryness and wetness. It has since cohered into architecture's primary discursive mode for examining questions of perception and affect, as opposed to the analytic tradition of analysing buildings in terms of stylistic rules of composition. By relegating style to a secondary plane, it undermined one of the foundational categories according to which most architectural history is written. At the ...

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