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THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE ILLUSIVE DISTANCE. Amir H. Ameri. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham/Burlington, 2015. 212 pp. with 52 ills. 25 x 18 cm. LC 2014-37651 ISBN 9781472433183 In English.
Publisher's description: Focusing on three secular, institutional building types: libraries, museums and cinemas, this book explores the intricate interplay between culture and architecture. It explores the cultural imperatives which have seen to the formation of these institutions, the development of their architecture, and their transformations over time. The relationship between culture and architecture is often perceived as a monologic relationship, that is: architecture is seen to embody, represent and/or reflect the values, the beliefs and the aesthetic ideals of a culture. Ameri argues that this is at best a partial and restrictive view, and that if architecture is a cultural statement, it is a performative one, which does not merely represent culture, but constructs, reifies, and imposes it as the unalterable shape of reality. Whereas the concept and the study of cultural performatives have had an important critical impact on cultural studies and related disciplines, the role of architecture as a cultural performative has not received the necessary scholarly attention and, in part, this book aims to fill this gap.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Architecture
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 165388
Hardcover $109.95    

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