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Architecture Depends

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Architecture depends -- on what? On people, time, politics, ethics, mess: the real world. Architecture, Jeremy Till argues with conviction in this engaging, sometimes pugnacious book, cannot help itself; it is dependent for its very existence on things outside itself. Despite the claims of autonomy, purity, and control that architects like to make about their practice, arc ...more
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by MIT Press (MA)
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May 05, 2013 Annick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: practitioners, students, theorists, lovers of architecture and theory
Shelves: architecture, theory
A book I read a couple of years ago. It's a good book, worth reading. Jeremy Till offers a critical, if not polemical, insight on questions relative to future practice, the architect's shifting role, architecture's engagement, etc. Architecture depends on internal and external factors. In this respect, the discipline should be more connected to society rather than being only focused on the building and its site. Architecture should integrate contingency within the discipline for a better engagem ...more
Nov 02, 2015 Bangquito rated it liked it
Shelves: architecture

Till's swift narrative saved me from boredom of architectural reading. The main message is clear; Jeremmy Till is about to tell you what's been wrong with architectural pedagogy and how contingency (or ever changing society factor) is obvious importance in architectural decision.

It start with false belief of autonomous dogma from architectural education that hold vitruviusian motto as means altogether with modernist's shadow that never really banished. Product of architecture is always (as borge
Feb 21, 2015 Dcruzila rated it it was amazing
Jeremy Till’s Architecture Depends is an in depth critique of the autonomy and insularity of the profession as it exists today. Till constructs a complex argument, interspersed with meaningful yet witty anecdotes, critiquing mainstream architectural theory, from Vitruvius to Corbusier to Eisenman, by subjecting it to arguments derived from seminal thinkers from outside the profession – philosophers, geographers and sociologists like Freud, Nietzsche and Lefebvre to name a few. The book sets out ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it
A refreshing antidote to the starchitect model that still grips much of contemporary architectural discourse. Till asks that maybe, just maybe, we consider the context of where architecture lives beyond just geometric angles on a site plan. He's not afraid to slay sacred cows from Frank Gehry to the now-cliché of the ever-suffering architecture student persona. The world's "mess" is to be embraced, not corralled or avoided, by our master builders. Let go, Howard Roark, let go...
Ana Batalha
Jul 21, 2013 Ana Batalha rated it really liked it
If you are an architect you should read this book, it can open your mind in ways you've never even consider.
Plus, if you see architecture as being something else than what star-architects do to fulfill their egos, you will certainly love this book.
I've not rated it 5stars just because its a bit hard to read, with all the philosophical theories and metaphors that Till uses, but I largely recommend it.
Rory Hyde
Sep 28, 2013 Rory Hyde rated it really liked it
Till takes aim at the architect in the ivory tower, who stands above the construction process and attempts to vainly control it. Instead, he advocates architects embrace 'contingency', and dive into the flux of a building project, engage with the various other people who shape it, and who it is for.
Jun 05, 2012 Nozomi rated it it was amazing
Unlocked my thesis work - It is funny funny book. Culmination of conversation you probably had with someone at some point if you are an architect. Jeremy Till takes what you have been wondering into succinct words.
Greg Preston
Mar 22, 2016 Greg Preston rated it it was amazing
Really great read for anyone coming out of architecture school and interested in theory/philosophy. A good reminder of what architecture should be outside of the studio environment.
Aug 31, 2013 Cuellared rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lectura obligada para arquitectos y excelente general
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