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 6: Introduction: Architecture and Aesthetics
Introduction: Architecture and Aesthetics
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 ...