The Anaesthetics Of Architecture (MIT Press)

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The Anaesthetics of Architecture (MIT Press)

In this short, intentionally polemical book, Neil Leach draws on the ideas of philosophers and cultural theorists such as Walter Benjamin and Jean Baudrillard to develop a novel and highly incisive critique of the consequences of the growing preoccupation with images and image-making in contemporary architectural culture.The problem with this preoccupation, Leach argues, is that it can induce a sort of numbness, as the saturation of images floods the senses and obscures deeper concerns. This problem is particularly acute for a discipline such as architecture, which relies heavily on visual representation. As a result, architects can become anaesthetized from the social and political realities of everyday life. In the intoxicating world of the image, the aesthetics of architecture threaten to become the anaesthetics of architecture. In this culture of aesthetic consumption, this "culture of the cocktail," meaningful discourse gives way to strategies of seduction, and architectural design is reduced to the superficial play of empty, seductive forms.

Specifications of The Anaesthetics of Architecture (MIT Press)

GENERAL
AuthorNeil Leach
BindingPaperback
LanguageEnglish
Edition58818th
ISBN-100262621266
ISBN-139780262621267
PublisherThe MIT Press
Number Of Pages120
Publication Date1999-03-26
DIMENSIONS
Height9 inch.
Length6 inch.
Width0.4 inch.
Weight0.4 pounds.

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