Description - Commodification and Spectacle in Architecture by William S. Saunders
It stake out a variety of positions in the debate over the extent to which it is possible- or desirable-to escape from, resist, or suggest plausible alternatives to the dominant culture of consumer capitalism. Rejecting any dreamy nostalgia for an idealized present or past in which design is completely
divorced from commerce-and, in some cases, celebrating the pleasures of spectacle-the individual essays range from indictments of particular architects and critiques of the profession to broader concerns about what
the phenomenon of commodification means for the practice of democracy and the health of society.
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Author Biography - William S. Saunders
William S. Saunders is editor of Harvard Design Magazine and assistant dean for external relations at the Harvard Design School. He is the author of Modern Architecture: Photographs by Ezra Stoller. Kenneth Frampton is Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and author of many books, including Labour, Work, and Architecture.