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Description - Camouflage by Neil Leach

An exploration of the urge in human beings to feel at home in the world, and the role that architecture plays in this process.We human beings are governed by the urge to conform and blend in with our surroundings. We follow fashion. We become part of cultures of conformity -- religious communities, military groups, sports teams; we take on corporate identities. Likewise, we seem to have the capacity to grow into our built environment, to familiarize ourselves with it, and eventually to find ourselves at home there. We have a chameleonlike urge to adapt, and, given the increasing mobility of contemporary life, we are constantly having to do so.The desire for camouflage is a desire to feel connected -- to find our place in the world and to feel at home. In Camouflage Neil Leach analyzes this desire and its consequences for architectural concerns. Design, Leach argues, can aid the process of assimilation we go through when we adapt to our surroundings. Design can provide a form of connectivity -- a mediation between us and our environment -- and it can contribute to a sense of belonging. Architecture, and indeed all forms of design and creativity -- fashion, art, cinema, and others -- can be an effective realm for forging a sense of belonging and establishing an identity. Camouflage offers a range of overlapping and intersecting theoretical perspectives -- from an overview of psychoanalytic insights to an account of the magical properties of architectural models -- that together suggest a way to rethink our relationship to the world and the role that design plays in that relationship.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262622004
ISBN-10: 0262622009
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 178mm x 19mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Jun-2006
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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