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THE ARCHITECTURE OF NEOLIBERALISM: HOW CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE BECAME AN INSTRUMENT OF CONTROL AND COMPLIANCE. Douglas Spencer. Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2016. 228 pp. with 27 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2016-9047 ISBN 9781472581518 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 171590. Publisher's description: With their elegant looped and landscaped structures, the buildings of contemporary architectural practices promote free circulation between private and the public, work and pleasure, education and business. Conceived according to the same models of networking and fluid interaction which are found in management theory, this is an architecture announcing itself as highly progressive and attuned to the contemporary imperatives of connectivity, flexibility and mobility. However, the architecture of the 'new spatiality' has in fact alarmingly allied itself with a neoliberal agenda with important implications for our understanding of architectural design and its relationship with politics and control. The Architecture of Neoliberalism presents a critical intervention, exploring what this alliance means for architecture and the inhabitants and users of buildings. We see for instance, how 'elegance' serves to obscure conditions of labour, and 'organic formations' work to naturalise financial imperatives.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-2000 — Architecture, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 171591
Paperbound $34.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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