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Author: Matthew Roman
Number Of Pages: 223
Published: 22 April 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 30.5 x 22.9 x 1.9
It is often suggested that architecture is more "real" than the other arts, more grounded and definitive. Yet even the most fundamental and concrete elements of architecture are often designed to conceal. This issue of "Perspecta"--the oldest and most distinguished student-edited architectural journal in America--embraces the paradoxical nature of the real, presenting it as a lens that magnifies the strategies and tactics of architecture, past, present, and future. How does architecture create real effects, change our built environment, and respond to crises? What are the tricks and "trompe l'oeils" of contemporary practice? Amid fake Europes, shape-shifting materials, and underwater asylums, "Perspecta 42" navigates architecture's disciplinary boundaries to locate the real in the most unlikely of places. The real has been central to our understanding of architecture for the last hundred years, even if the discussion has been couched in other terms. While architecture anxiously situates itself between building and discourse, it never fully capitulates to either side. Through historical inquiry, theoretical writing, and contemporary projects,
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