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Description - Actions of Architecture by Professor Jonathan Hill

Architecture is made by use and by design. Drawing on the work of a wide range of architects, artists and writers, this book considers the relations between the architect and the user, which it compares to the relations between the artist and viewer and the author and reader. The book's thesis is informed by the text 'The Death of the Author', in which Roland Barthes argues for a writer aware of the creativity of the reader. 'The Death of the Author' is an important influence on artistic production, encouraging less didactic subject-object and artist-viewer relations than ones familiar in the art gallery. Its relevance to architecture is equally strong but largely unnoticed. Actions of Architecture argues for an architect aware of the creativity of the user. With a role as important in the formulation of architecture as that of the architect, the creative user either produces a new space or gives an existing one meanings and uses contrary to established behaviour. Actions of Architecture begins with a critique of strategies that define the user as passive and predictable, such as contemplation and functionalism. Subsequently it considers how an awareness of user creativity informs architecture, architects and concepts of authorship in architectural design. Identifying strategies that recognize user creativity, such as appropriation, collaboration, disjunction, DIY, montage, polyvalence and uselessness, Actions of Architecture states that the creative user should be the central concern of architectural design.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415290425
ISBN-10: 0415290422
Format: Hardback
(246mm x 189mm x mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 29-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Professor Jonathan Hill

Jonathan Hill is Director of the MPhil/PhD by Architectural Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Galleries where he has had solo exhibitions include the Haus der Architektur, Graz, and Architektur-Galerie am Weissenhof, Stuttgart. Jonathan is author of The Illegal Architect and editor of Occupying Architecture: Between the Architect and the User and Architecture

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