Dialectic V: The Figure of Verncacular in Architectural Imagination

Dialectic V: The Figure of Verncacular in Architectural Imagination


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This issue of Dialectic looks at the changing role of the conceptual category of “vernacular” in the history of architecture. Essays revise the definition of the term from architecture without architects to disciplinary explorations of the ordinary, modular, and standardized type-forms. Architectural scholars explore a spectrum of issues impacting the notion of “vernacular”; globalization, digitization, romanticism, critical practice, socially responsible design, and public interest ventures. Reports on the imagination of “vernacular” as a separate and authentic foil to contemporary life and design are featured alongside the radical deployment, not of its forms but its tactics by activist architects today. Dialectic V will make an excellent part of undergraduate and graduate syllabi on the topic with short and stand alone articles. It also offers thought provoking reading for architects and thinkers interested in nuanced understanding of the contemporary built environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939621993
Publisher: ORO Editions
Publication date: 11/15/2017
Series: Dialectic Series
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dialectic V has been edited by Shundana Yusaf with the support of Ole Fischer. Yusaf is an Assistant Professor of Architectural History and Theory at the University of Utah. She is the author of Broadcasting Buildings: Architecture on the Wireless, 1927-1945 (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014) and Archipedia Utah (Virginia University Press, 2017).

Ole W. Fischer is an architect, theoretician, historian, and curator working on 20th and 21st century modern and contemporary architecture. Currently he serves as Assistant Professor at the University of Utah. He lectured and published internationally on the history, theory, and criticism of architecture, amongst others in Archithese, Werk, JSAH, MIT Thresholds, Archplus, AnArchitektur, GAM, Umeni, Beyond, West 86th, Framework, and log. He co-edited Precisions – Architecture between Sciences and the Arts (Berlin: Jovis, 2008), the catalogue Sehnsucht – The Book of Architectural Longings (Vienna: Springer, 2010). He is the author of Nietzsches Schatten (Berlin: Gebr. Mann, 2012).

Esther Gubbay is graduate architecture student at the University of Utah. She brings an interest in art, graphic design, and photography to the field. Of French/ Australian heritage, she grew up in Spain and received her undergraduate from the University of Westminster, London. She will begin architectural practice upon graduating in Spring 2017.

The University of Utah School of Architecture is committed to the belief that Architectural education must take as its object the production of thoughtful and humane architects capable of thinking as creatively about their representations of the world as they think about building technology and design. The School of Architecture approaches teaching and practice with a rigor that holds us, and others, accountable to high standards, without loosing a sense of adventure, risk taking and discovery. We are dedicated to mentoring young people to help them discover where their passions lie. Four core beliefs underpin the Utah School of Architecture: · Architects must take Responsibility for their work as a form of political discourse. · Architects must be focused on social, economic, and environmental Resiliency. · Architects must Respect and Respond to the communities in which they work. · Architects must be committed to Design excellence and ecology.

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