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Benjamin for Architects (Thinkers for Architects)
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Elliott (philosophy, Oregon State U. and Portland State U.) explores implications for architects of the thought of Walter Benjamin (1892-1940). Among the contributions the German Jewish philosopher made, he says, are profound and nuanced reflections on modernity and modernism; detailed analysis of the social and political impact of the built environment; consideration of architecture as a crucial medium and repository for the intersection of personal and shared cultural memory; and a sense of the politically and historically charged nature of the meaning carried by the built environment. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Walter Benjamin has become a decisive reference point for a whole range of critical disciplines, as he constructed a unique and provocative synthesis of aesthetics, politics and philosophy.
Examining Benjamin's contributions to cultural criticism in relation to the works of Max Ernst, Adolf Loos, Le Corbusier and Sigfried Giedion, this book also situates Benjamin's work within more recent developments in architecture and urbanism.
This is a concise, coherent account of the relevance of Walter Benjamin's writings to architects, locating Benjamin's critical work within the context of contemporary architecture and urbanism.
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