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The Myth of Autonomy

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Nathaniel ColemanORCiD



This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Oklahoma State University and ISPA, 2015.

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In this article, the so-called ‘autonomy project in architecture’, as theorised by Ignasi de Solà-Morales (1942-2001); K. Michael Hays’s (b. 1952); Patrik Schumacher’s (b. 1961), of Zaha Hadid’s office; and Pier Vittorio Aureli (b. 1973) is interrogated. In particular, the main aim of this article is to reveal the project of autonomy in architecture as a myth, especially in relation to the parallel myth of an avant-garde (especially a neo-avant-garde) in architecture. However, it is important to underline that my interrogation of ‘the myth of autonomy’ has little to do with recent trends in anti-theory, for example as outlined by Jeremy Till (b. 1957) in his Architecture Depends (2009).

Publication metadata

Author(s): Coleman N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Architecture Philosophy - Journal of the International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture

Year: 2015

Volume: 1

Issue: 2

Pages: 157-178

Online publication date: 01/04/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Date deposited: 27/09/2016

ISSN (electronic): 2372-0883

Publisher: Oklahoma State University and ISPA