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.

Introduction – 1: Architectural Theory in an Expanded Field

Introduction – 1: Architectural Theory in an Expanded Field

Introduction – 1: Architectural theory in an expanded field
C. GreigCrysler, StephenCairns and HildeHeynen

Revisiting Parc de la Villette

Figure 0.1 (Below) Temporary café next to a Folly at Parc de la Villette, Paris. (Stephen Cairns)

On a midsummer's afternoon in Paris' Parc de la Villette locals and tourists mingle amongst the famous red follies that dot the park. Children paddle in a shallow pool that surrounds one of the follies. Family groups and friends gather at tented cafés and bars that have sprouted up alongside one another. Strolling couples take in the sun, cyclists weave along the banks of the canal, while the distant din of an impromptu football match thickens the atmosphere. It is an evidently multicultural scene. ...

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