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Description - The Anaesthetics of Architecture by Neil Leach

Drawing on the ideas of philosophers and cultural theorists such as Walter Benjamin and Jean Baudrillard, this text develops a critique of the consequences of the growing preoccupation with images and image-making in contemporary architectural culture. Neil Leach argues that the problem with this preoccupation is that it can induce a sort of numbness, as the saturation of images floods the senses and obscures deeper concerns. As a result architects can become anaesthetized from the social and political realities of everyday life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262621267
ISBN-10: 0262621266
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 10mm)
Pages: 120
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Neil Leach

Neil Leach is an architect and theorist who has taught at a number of institutions worldwide, including the Architectural Association in London, the Dessau Institute Dessau, Germany, and Columbia University. He is the author, editor, or translator of more than a dozen books, including Rethinking Architecture, The Anaesthetics of Architecture (MIT Press, 1999), and Alberti's On the Art of Building in Ten Books (MIT Press 1991).

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