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The Resource Buildings must die : a perverse view of architecture, by Stephen Cairns and Jane M. Jacobs

Buildings must die : a perverse view of architecture, by Stephen Cairns and Jane M. Jacobs

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Buildings must die : a perverse view of architecture
Title
Buildings must die
Title remainder
a perverse view of architecture
Statement of responsibility
by Stephen Cairns and Jane M. Jacobs
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Language
eng
Summary
Buildings, although inanimate, are often assumed to have life. And the architect, through the act of design, is assumed to be their conceiver and creator. But what of the death of buildings? What of the decay, deterioration, and destruction to which they are inevitably subject? And what might such endings mean for architecture's sense of itself? In Buildings Must Die, Stephen Cairns and Jane Jacobs look awry at core architectural concerns. They examine spalling concrete and creeping rust, contemplate ruins old and new, and pick through the rubble of earthquake-shattered churches, imploded housing projects, and demolished Brutalist office buildings. Their investigation of the death of buildings reorders architectural notions of creativity, reshapes architecture's preoccupation with good form, loosens its vanities of durability, and expands its sense of value. It does so not to kill off architecture as we know it, but to rethink its agency and its capacity to make worlds differently. Cairns and Jacobs offer an original contemplation of architecture that draws on theories of waste and value. Their richly illustrated case studies of building deaths include the planned and the unintended, the lamented and the celebrated. They take us from Moline to Christchurch, from London to Bangkok, from Tokyo to Paris. And they feature the work of such architects as Eero Saarinen, Carlo Scarpa, Cedric Price, Arata Isozaki, Rem Koolhaas and Francois Roche. Buildings Must Die is both a memento mori for architecture and a call to to reimagine the design values that lay at the heart of its creative purpose
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Cairns, Stephen
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1958-
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Jacobs, Jane M.
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  • Architecture
  • Building materials
  • Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Target audience
adult
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Buildings must die : a perverse view of architecture, by Stephen Cairns and Jane M. Jacobs
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • text
  • still image
Contents
Introduction: a feeling for the inert -- Design, creativity and architecture's natalism -- Terminal literacy: dross, rust and other architectural junk -- Towards a general economy of architecture -- Decay -- Obsolescence -- Disaster -- Ruin -- Demolition -- Ecological horizons
Control code
36647834
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
298 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780262026932
Media category
unmediated
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 36647834
  • (Sirsi) 36647834
Label
Buildings must die : a perverse view of architecture, by Stephen Cairns and Jane M. Jacobs
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Contents
Introduction: a feeling for the inert -- Design, creativity and architecture's natalism -- Terminal literacy: dross, rust and other architectural junk -- Towards a general economy of architecture -- Decay -- Obsolescence -- Disaster -- Ruin -- Demolition -- Ecological horizons
Control code
36647834
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
298 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780262026932
Media category
unmediated
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 36647834
  • (Sirsi) 36647834

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