Writing, Representation, and Criticism in Architecture


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SpecificationsSKU: 100005Size: 8.25″ x 8.25” Square Pages: 328 Binding: Trade Paper Publication Date: Fall 2014 ISBN: 978-0-987228-13-0 World Rights: Available
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Semi-Detached: Writing, Representation and Criticism in Architecture is a book about the role that words and images play in shaping our understanding of the built environment. A documentation of the conventions of architectural representation, it is also an exploration of the many ways in which those conventions can be productively challenged, subverted or ignored to broaden the conversation about architecture and what it means.

The book assembles a series of essays and interviews from practicing architects on the role of representation in their work, alongside contributions from some of Australia’s most highly regarded contemporary architectural photographers. Contributors include John Macarthur, Naomi Stead, Marcus Trimble, Justine Clark, Gavin Hipkins, Katja Grillner, Philip Goad, Brett Boardman, Peter Bennetts, Jan van Schaik and Elizabeth Watson-Brown, among many others.

Naomi Stead is a Research Fellow in the ATCH (Architecture | Theory | Criticism | History) Centre of the University of Queensland. She holds a PhD from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of South Australia. Her research interests lie within the cultural studies of architecture, including architectural criticism, and in 2010 she convened the conference and workshop Writing Architecture: Innovations in the Textual and Visual Critique of Buildings, which is the subject of this book. Naomi is widely published in Australia as an art and architectural critic, writing for a range of professional journals. She is co-editor of the journal Architectural Theory Review. In 2008, she won the Adrian Ashton Prize for architectural writing.

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8.25" x 8.25” Square




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