Bleak Houses: Disappointment and Failure in Architecture (MIT Press)

Bleak Houses: Disappointment and Failure in Architecture (MIT Press)


The traditional historical past of structure is a grand narrative of hovering monuments and heroic makers. however it can be a fake narrative in lots of methods, infrequently acknowledging the non-public mess ups and disappointments of architects. In Bleak Houses, Timothy Brittain-Catlin investigates the bottom of structure, the tales of losers and unfulfillment usually missed through an architectural feedback that values novelty, popularity, and virility over fallibility and rejection.

As architectural feedback promotes more and more slender values, brushing aside convinced kinds wholesale and subjecting constructions to a Victorian litmus attempt of "real" as opposed to "fake," Brittain-Catlin explains the influence this superficial criticality has had not just on architectural discourse yet at the caliber of constructions. the truth that such a lot structures obtain no serious scrutiny in any respect has led to massive stretches of gruesome glossy housing and a pervasive public illiteracy approximately architecture.

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