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.
Chapter 20: Culture
In a key text, ‘The End of Modernity, The End of the Project?’, philosopher Gianni Vattimo suggests that there are no longer any robust ways of legitimating the architectural project:
The task posed is to find legitimations for the project that no longer appeal to ‘strong’, natural, or even historical structures. For example, one can no longer say that there is a golden number, an ideal measure that can be used in the construction or the planning of cities, nor even that there are natural needs, since it is increasingly absurd to try to distinguish them from new needs induced by the market and therefore superfluous, not natural (Vattimo 1997, 151).
This wearing away of what had appeared to be the realities of function, planning, [Page ...