Mechanization Takes Command

Author: Sigfried Giedion
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 081669043X
Release Date: 1948
Genre: Architecture

First published in 1948, Mechanization Takes Command is an examination of mechanization and its effects on everyday life. A monumental figure in the field of architectural history, Sigfried Giedion traces the evolution and resulting philosophical implications of such disparate innovations as the slaughterhouse, the Yale lock, the assembly line, tractors, ovens, and “comfort” as defined by advancements in furniture design. A groundbreaking text when originally published, Giedion's pioneering work remains an important contribution to architecture, philosophy, and technology studies.

Raum Zeit Architektur

Author: Sigfried Giedion
Publisher: Birkhäuser
ISBN: 9783035605778
Release Date: 2015-08-31
Genre: Architecture

Der Architekturhistoriker Sigfried Giedion gilt als ein Wegbereiter der Moderne, sein 1941 unter dem Titel Space, Time, Architecture erstmals erschienenes Werk ist längst zu einem Klassiker der Architekturtheorie avanciert. Giedion skizziert darin die Vorgeschichte und die Entwicklung des in den Zwanzigerjahren so bedeutungsvollen neuen Bauens und veranschaulicht dessen weltweite Auswirkungen. In der Vielfalt oft widersprüchlicher Tendenzen suchte er die geheime Synthese, in der sich eine neue Tradition ankündigte, ohne dass sie zunächst zu einer bewussten und handlungsbestimmenden Realität wurde. Giedion wurde so zu dem Historiker, der das Entstehen dieser neuen Tradition in der Architektur sowie ihre Beziehungen zu Handwerk, Kunst und Wissenschaft sichtbar machte und so immer noch zur Transparenz des gegenwärtigen Zustands beiträgt. Das Nachwort des Architekturkritikers Reto Geiser erläutert die Aktualität dieses in alle Weltsprachen übersetzten Standardwerks.

McLuhan in Space

Author: Richard Cavell
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 0802086586
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Literary Criticism

Demonstrates how McLuhan extended insights derived from advances in physics and artistic experimentation into a theory of acoustic space which he then used to challenge the assumptions of visual space that had been produced through print culture.

Moderne vor Ort

Author: Ruth Hanisch
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
ISBN: 9783205202080
Release Date: 2018-05-14
Genre: Architecture

Die Protagonisten des Buches Camillo Sitte, Otto Wagner, Josef Maria Olbrich, Joseph August Lux, Oskar Strnad und Felix Augenfeld schufen von den späten 1880er Jahren bis 1938 über die Zäsur des Weltkriegs hinaus eine moderne und ortspezifische Architektur. Den Bedürfnissen einer modernen Massengesellschaft wollten sie mit differenzierten Stadträumen und kontextuell eingebundenen Bauten Rechnung tragen. In der Formulierung dieser ortspezifischen Variante einer dezidiert modernen Architektur spielten neuentwickelte, nicht-historistische Vergangenheitsbezüge eine wichtige Rolle wie etwa die Entdeckung der vernakulären Architektur der Wiener Innenstadt und der Vorstädte aus dem Vormärz. In fünf unterschiedlich zugeschnittenen Kapiteln werden architektonische Schlüsselwerke und Theorien in ihrem unmittelbaren Entstehungskontext rekontextualisiert.

Kyosei Culture and Sustainable Technology

Author: Massimo Negrotti
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 3039109723
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Social Science

We all are users of technology and services, but the way we use them strongly depends on who our 'interlocutor' is: a machine, a software application or a person. The contributions of this volume look at the concept of the user from various perspectives and continue to discuss the theme started in volume three on the user of the artificial. Topics include: man-machine relations such as the user and the virtual world of the internet or users in various cultural contexts of the artificial. The second part of the book focuses on man-nature relations and introduces the Japanese concept of Kyosei (symbiosis) in the context of technology and the environment.

Software Takes Command

Author: Lev Manovich
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781623567453
Release Date: 2013-07-04
Genre: Social Science

Offers the first look at the aesthetics of contemporary design from the theoretical perspectives of media theory and 'software studies'.

Plumbing

Author: Nadir Lahiji
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
ISBN: 1568981074
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Architecture

One of the fundamental tenets of modernism was its image of hygiene, its ideal of bringing cleanliness and order to the great unwashed, as evident in Adolf Loos's 1898 article, Plumbers. Using Loos as a point of departure, the essays in this collection examine architecture through the multiple meanings inherent in plumbing - from the pipes of modern hygiene, to the plumb line of the right angle, to Marcel Duchamp's Ready-made urinal.

Plucked

Author: Rebecca M. Herzig
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9781479840250
Release Date: 2015-01-16
Genre: Social Science

From the clamshell razors and homemade lye depilatories used in colonial America to the diode lasers and prescription pharmaceuticals available today, Americans have used a staggering array of tools to remove hair deemed unsightly, unnatural, or excessive. This is true especially for women and girls; conservative estimates indicate that 99% of American women have tried hair removal, and at least 85% regularly remove hair from their faces, armpits, legs, and bikini lines. How and when does hair become a problem—what makes some growth “excessive”? Who or what separates the necessary from the superfluous? In Plucked, historian Rebecca Herzig addresses these questions about hair removal. She shows how, over time, dominant American beliefs about visible hair changed: where once elective hair removal was considered a “mutilation” practiced primarily by “savage” men, by the turn of the twentieth century, hair-free faces and limbs were expected for women. Visible hair growth—particularly on young, white women—came to be perceived as a sign of political extremism, sexual deviance, or mental illness. By the turn of the twenty-first century, more and more Americans were waxing, threading, shaving, or lasering themselves smooth. Herzig’s extraordinary account also reveals some of the collateral damages of the intensifying pursuit of hair-free skin. Moving beyond the experiences of particular patients or clients, Herzig describes the surprising histories of race, science, industry, and medicine behind today's hair-removing tools. Plucked is an unsettling, gripping, and original tale of the lengths to which Americans will go to remove hair.

Sigfried Giedion

Author: Sokratis Georgiadis
Publisher:
ISBN: UOM:39015019609661
Release Date: 1989
Genre: Art