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The Resource On the ruins of Babel : architectural metaphor in German thought, Daniel L. Purdy

On the ruins of Babel : architectural metaphor in German thought, Daniel L. Purdy

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On the ruins of Babel : architectural metaphor in German thought
Title
On the ruins of Babel
Title remainder
architectural metaphor in German thought
Statement of responsibility
Daniel L. Purdy
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The eighteenth century struggled to define architecture as either an art or a science-the image of the architect as a ground figure who synthesizes all other disciplines within a single master plan emerged from this discourse. Immanuel Kant and Johann Wolfgang Goethe described the architect as their equal, a genius with godlike creativity. For writers from Descartes to Freud, architectural reasoning provided a method for critically examining consciousness. The architect, as philosophers like to think of him, was obligated by the design and construction process to mediate between the abstract and the actual. In On the Ruins of Babel, Daniel Purdy traces this notion back to its wellspring. He surveys the volatile state of architectural theory in the Enlightenment, brought on by the newly emerged scientific critiques of Renaissance cosmology, then shows how German writers redeployed Renaissance terminology so that "harmony", "unity", "Synthesis", "foundation", and "orderliness" became states of consciousness, rather than terms used to describe the built world. Purdy's distinctly new interpretation of German theory reveals how metaphors constitute interior life as an architectural space to be designed, constructed, renovated, or demolished. He elucidates the close affinity between Hegel's Romantic aesthetic of space and Daniel Libeskind's deconstruction of monumental architecture in Berlin's Jewish Museum. Through a careful reading of Walter Benjamin's writing on architecture as myth, Purdy details how classical architecture shaped Benjamin's modernist interpretations of urban life, particularly his elaboration on Freud's archaeology of the unconscious. Benjamin's essays on dreams and architecture turn the individualist sensibility of the Enlightenment into a collective and mythic identification between human and buildings. --Book Jacket
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Cataloging source
YDXCP
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Purdy, Daniel L
Dewey number
720.1
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
NA2500
LC item number
.P797 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Signale : modern German letters, cultures, and thought
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Architecture and philosophy
  • Philosophy, German
  • Architecture and literature
  • German literature
  • Benjamin, Walter
  • BMBF-Statusseminar
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • ARCHITECTURE
  • ARCHITECTURE
  • ARCHITECTURE
  • ARCHITECTURE
  • Architecture and literature
  • Architecture and philosophy
  • German literature
  • Philosophy, German
  • Germany
  • Architekturtheorie
  • Architektur
  • Arkitektur och filosofi
  • Deutschland
Label
On the ruins of Babel : architectural metaphor in German thought, Daniel L. Purdy
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The decline of the classical orders -- Science or art? : architecture's place within the disciplines -- Architecture in Kant's thought : the metaphor's genealogy -- How much architecture is in Kant's architectonic of pure reason? -- The house of memory : architectural technologies of the self -- Goethe's architectural epiphanies -- The building in Bildung : Goethe, Palladio, and the architectural media -- Goethe and the disappointing site : buildings that do not live up to their images -- Gothic deconstruction : Hegel, Libeskind, and the avant-garde -- Benjamin's mythic architecture
Control code
757669354
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 316 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801460050
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.7591/9780801460050
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4r0ck
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)757669354
Label
On the ruins of Babel : architectural metaphor in German thought, Daniel L. Purdy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The decline of the classical orders -- Science or art? : architecture's place within the disciplines -- Architecture in Kant's thought : the metaphor's genealogy -- How much architecture is in Kant's architectonic of pure reason? -- The house of memory : architectural technologies of the self -- Goethe's architectural epiphanies -- The building in Bildung : Goethe, Palladio, and the architectural media -- Goethe and the disappointing site : buildings that do not live up to their images -- Gothic deconstruction : Hegel, Libeskind, and the avant-garde -- Benjamin's mythic architecture
Control code
757669354
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 316 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801460050
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.7591/9780801460050
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4r0ck
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)757669354

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