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The Ethical Function of Architecture

by Harries, Karsten

  • ISBN: 9780262082525
  • ISBN10: 0262082527

The Ethical Function of Architecture

by Harries, Karsten

  • List Price: $55.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publish date: 02/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780262082525
  • ISBN10: 0262082527
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Description: In a series of cogent and balanced arguments, Harries questions the premises on which architects and theorists have long relied - premises that have contributed to architecture's current identity crisis and marginalization. He first criticizes the aesthetic approach, focusing on the problems of decoration and ornament. He then turns to the language of architecture. If the main task of architecture is indeed interpretation, in just what sense can it be said to speak, and what should it be speaking about? Expanding on suggestions made by Martin Heidegger, Harries also considers the relationship of building to the idea and meaning of dwelling. Architecture, Harries observes, has a responsibility to community; but its ethical function is inevitably also political. He concludes by examining these seemingly paradoxical functions.
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