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ADVENTURES WITH THE THEORY OF THE BAROQUE AND FRENCH PHILOSOPHY: DELEUZE, LACAN AND BADIOU. Nadir Lahiji. Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2016. 208 pp. 23 x 15 cm. ISBN 9781474228541 In English.
Publisher's description: Analyzing the reception of contemporary French philosophy in architecture over the last four decades, The Baroque in Philosophy and Architecture discusses the problematic nature of importing philosophical categories into architecture. Focusing particularly on the philosophical notion of the Baroque in Gilles Deleuze, this study examines traditional interpretations of the concept in contemporary architecture theory, throwing up specific problems such as the aestheticization of building theory and practice. Identifying these and other issues, Nadir Lahiji constructs a concept of the baroque in contrast to the contemporary understanding in architecture discourse. Challenging the contemporary dominance of the Neo-Baroque as a phenomenon related to postmodernism and late capitalism, he establishes the Baroque as a name for the paradoxical unity of 'kitsch' and 'high' art and argues that the digital turn has enhanced the return of the Baroque in contemporary culture and architectural practice that he brands a pseudo-event in the term 'neobaroque'. Lahiji's original critique expands on the misadventure of architecture with French Philosophy and explains why the category of the Baroque, if it is still useful to keep in architecture criticism, must be tied to the notion of Post-Rationalism.
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Worldwide Number: 171585
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