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For an Architecture of Reality
0930829050|9780930829056. For an Architecture of Reality published in the year 1992. The author of this book is Michael Benedikt . We have a dedicated page displaying collection of Michael Benedikt books here. This is the Paperback version of the title "For an Architecture of Reality ". For an Architecture of Reality is currently Available with us.
Paperback, 74 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Lumen Books
(first published September 1st 1988)
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great book about the importance of "real" architecture; not "garlands that are not garlands" (ex: Michael graves building in downtown portland). this book really pushed the envelope of my understanding on why turn of the century industrial warehouse buildings are such amazingly adaptable creations. contrast to the dry-wall, glass-facade skyscraper. fit to last a maximum of eighty dreary years, with little to no hope for retrofit, while our warehouses will reinvent themselves for centuries. bened ...more
Apr 18, 2014 Eileen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Although I may not agree with all the claims made in this book, it really is an amazing read. Michael Benedikt's observations have really changed the way I view the relationship between art and reality. This made for a wonderful introduction to architectural theory and I would strongly recommend giving this small book a read.
Back in my early nineties undergrad days, a few of my colleagues embraced Benedikt’s extended essay as something of a Bible. Inspired, I ran out, located it in a used bookshop, purchased it, and promptly sat down to read all 68 pages about 18 years later. This was, therefore, a tad out of date (as is this “review” since I read it like three months ago and I’ve been to Vegas since…). However, as I was somewhat conscious around the time this was penned and I have indeed read a few books in the int ...more
In this books Benedikt argues that architecture has to be about ‘reality’ and not a mere form and medium of communication. Architecture and hence buildings have to have the ability of creating a direct aesthetic experience of their own reality which he suggests take place if the building has four independent qualities; presence-significance-materiality-emptiness. This is a great book on highlighting the importance of shifting from creating illusions to depicting reality through an art form that ...more