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Built Upon Love: Architectural Longing After Ethics and Aesthetics

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The forced polarity between form and function in considerations of architecture -- opposing art to social interests, ethics to poetic expression -- obscures the deep connections between ethical and poetical values in architectural tradition. Architecture has been, and must continue to be, writes Alberto Perez-Gomez, built upon love. Modernity has rightly rejected past arch ...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published March 31st 2006 by MIT Press (MA)
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Conor
Mar 09, 2011 Conor rated it liked it
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I really liked the idea and purpose behind this book, but it lost some stars with me. Let me explain why:

-1 Star (Limited Scope). As someone who reads a lot of stuff about the kind of people we used to call "primitive" and their myths and cosmologies, I find that APG here just sort of glosses over the whole issue. He never even explains anything about how buildings and cosmology are related (well, maybe with one or two disjointed words for every fifty or a hundred he spends reiterating his inter
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James
Mar 27, 2007 James rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: creators & visionaries
The author posits that with the advent Renissance science and Newtonian reasoning something essential was lost to functionality: "architecture's potential capacity to give form and limits to existence and thus open up, through the situations it frames, opportunities for self-understanding in experience." (p 133)
"Truth appears as a spark, an ephemeral sound, a silence, never permanent, always evanescent encounter. The poetic word is multivocal...) (p 190)
The architect must avoid the planner's dr
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