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JUDGING ARCHITECTURAL VALUE: A Harvard Design Magazine Reader
William S. Saunders, editor
Introduction by Michael Benedikt
University of Minnesota Press | 192 pages | 2007
ISBN 978-0-8166-5010-1 | hardcover | $69.00
ISBN 978-0-8166-5011-8 | paperback | $22.95
Harvard Design Magazine Reader Series, volume 4
These provocative essays take up the questions of what people value in architecture and how changing values influence opinions about it. In the intriguing opening essay, Michael Benedikt makes an argument for the role of architects in the delineation of value in architecture. He discusses the differences between icon and canon, a theme threaded through many of the essays. In addition to unexpected analyses of buildings such as Eero Saarinen’s Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Paul Rudolph’s Art and Architecture Building at Yale University, and the work of Antoni Gaudí and Frank Gehry, the collection includes a clear-eyed look at the role of architecture in addressing social problems.
Contributors: John Beardsley, Michael Benedikt, Tim Culvahouse, Lisa Finley, Kurt W. Forster, Kenneth Frampton, Diane Ghirardo, Charles Jencks, David Leatherbarrow, Nancy Levinson, Hélène Lipstadt, Juhani Pallasmaa, Timothy M. Rohan, Roger Scruton, Daniel Willis.
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