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Perspecta 40 "Monster"
Author: Marc Guberman
Number Of Pages: 209
Published: 15 September 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 30.5 x 22.9 x 1.3
Contemporary architecture is in many ways a monstrous thing. It is bigger, more broadly defined, increasingly complicated, more costly, and stylistically and formally heterogeneous--if not downright unhinged. Not only is the scale of the built environment expanding, but so is the territory of the architectural profession itself. A perfect storm of history, technology, economics, politics, and pedagogy has generated a moment in time in which anything seems possible. The results have been at times strange and even frightening. Long ago, the birth of an abnormal creature was interpreted as a sign of looming trouble. These "monstra--"from the Latin "monere, " "to warn" and "monstrare, " "to show"--were viewed with both fear and fascination. This fortieth issue of "Perspecta--"the oldest and most distinguished student-edited architectural journal in America--examines architecture past and present through the lens of the monster. The contributors--a diverse group of scholars, practitioners, and artists--embrace the multitude of meanings this term carries in an attempt to understand how architecture arrived...
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