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Economy and Architecture

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Economy and Architecture addresses a timely. critical and much-debated topic in both its historical and contemporary dimensions. From the Apple Store in New York City to the streets of the Pan American Highway, from Commercai;l Dubai to the public schools of Australia, this book takes a critical look at contemporary architecture from across the globe, whilst extending its range back in history as far as the Homeric spics of ancient Greece.The book addresses the challenges of practicing architecture within the strictures of contemporary economics, grounded on the fundamental definition of 'economy' as the well managed household - derived from the Greek oikonomia - oiko (house) and nemein (manage). The diverse enquiries of the study are structured around th efollowing key questions:How do we define our economies?How are the values of architecture negotiated among the various actors involved?How do we manage the production of a good architecture woithin any particular system?How does poitical economy frame and influence architecture?The majority of examples are taken from current or recent architectural practice; historical examples, which include John Evelyn's villa, Blenheim Palace, John Ruskin's Venice, and early trwentieth century Paris, p,lace the debates within an extended critical perspective.

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Editor(s): Odgers J, McVicar M, Kite S

Publication type: Edited Book

Publication status: Published

Edition: 1

Series Title:

Year: 2016

Number of Volumes: 1

Print publication date: 22/07/2015

Online publication date: 16/07/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/2014

Publisher: Routledge

Place Published: London and New York

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781138025486