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Architecture in the Material Space of Possible Transgression

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Rather than accepting Utopia as necessarily and impossibly relativist, in the context of this chapter Utopia is employed in a specific way, denoting a particular position, related directly to establishing the first buildings of a better nation, with the aim of providing an improved civilization with a space to evolve. Along these lines, Utopia is deployed here as both critique and method. In this regard, superficial difference, in the form of apparent otherness, is of little interest, such as prevails in most books on architecture that include the word ‘Utopia’ in the title. In this regard, the value of Utopia as method, and its radical project is emphasised, here through a discussion of Enric Miralles’s (1955-2000) new Scottish Parliament building (1999-2004) in Edinburgh, and the Scottish Parliament itself. A number of the ideas on Utopia introduced here are returned to throughout this chapter, and in particular in the section under the heading of ‘The Upturned Boat and Skating Minister’.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Coleman N

Editor(s): Rice, L; Littlefield, D;

Series Editor(s): Jonathan Hale

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Transgression: Towards an expanded field of architecture

Year: 2015

Pages: 185-206

Print publication date: 12/11/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Edition: 10

Series Title: CRITIQUES: Critical Studies in Architectural Humanities

Publisher: Routledge

Place Published: London and New York


Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781138818920