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The absent meaning of concrete form in theory of architecture
Chalmers tekniska högskola.
1996 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this dissertation is to discuss architecture as forming practical conditions for our way-of-being, and to clarify that which prevents traditional theory of architecture from dealing with these practical conditions as such.

The dissertation investigates a theoretical problem concerning the nature of the relation between human being and the built environment. The main question is: In what way can we treat architecture as concrete material form, involved in such a way in our practical being, that it contributes to the maintenance and development of our way-of-being? A related question is: Why is this practical meaning usually so hard to treat in theory? By comparing and discussing a selection of theoretical works marked by their turning away, in different ways, from the actual concrete material form (towards something else), the traditional embrace of a Cartesian concept of human being is found to be what prevents theory of architecture from treating a practical meaning of architecture. The persistence of this concept is also found to be strengthened by the influences of closely related practices in which the use of architectural images, as a means to certain knowledges, play a vital role.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Chalmers tekniska högskola , 1996. , 242 p.
Series
Doktorsavhandlingar vid Chalmers tekniska högskola, ISSN 0346-718X ; 1185
National Category
Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-20812ISBN: 91-7197-309-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-20812DiVA: diva2:611025
Available from: 2013-03-14 Created: 2013-03-14 Last updated: 2013-03-14Bibliographically approved

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