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Perspecta 43: Taboo
Author: John Capen Brough

ISBN: 9780262514798
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 30 September 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 30.5 x 22.9 x 1.4
Description:
We are beset by unspoken rules. As a result, we learn to find consensus in "nots" and to seek refuge in "don'ts." A taboo is a restriction invented and agreed upon by a social group that maintains stability (disciplinary order) but also induces transgressions (the possibility of an avant-garde). Taboos structure our thinking and frame our discussions. In architecture, taboos create an operative way of thinking about and making architecture through unspoken agreement. This issue of "Perspecta"--the oldest and most distinguished student-edited architectural journal in America--tackles architectural unutterables. In articles and projects, historians, theorists, and practitioners investigate contemporary and historical instances of taboo, aiming to uncover its function in the pedagogy and praxis of architecture. The contributors, asked simply "What is Taboo?," respond with a range of examples. These include an examination of the relatively unknown work of the Italian architect Rinaldo Semino; photographs documenting the unseen, peripheral spaces of American life; a series of marginalia illustrating certain typographic "don'ts

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