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 1: Introduction: Shifting Paradigms and Concerns
Introduction: Shifting Paradigms and Concerns
Architecture houses and holds human beings in an intimate way, enframing them in a manner not unlike clothing (although admittedly less intimately). It thereby mediates between people and their wider environment, providing a membrane that protects bodies from intruders and climatic incursions such as rain or cold. It also gives them a symbolic presence, at once internal and in terms of the outside world, in which variations can have radically divergent effects on individual psyches. No single person controls this complex mediation; it involves ongoing negotiations about social, cultural, economic and political matters. This is how architecture is intertwined with articulations of power and difference. Power is relevant when discussing the privileged role of ...