University of Leicester
Browse
Geographies of architecture COMPASS.pdf (297.43 kB)

Geographies of Architecture: The Multiple Lives of Buildings

Download (297.43 kB)
journal contribution
posted on 2012-10-24, 09:08 authored by Peter Kraftl
Arguably, cultural geography began with the study of architectural forms. The first half of this article traces the geographical study of buildings as a relatively small but significant sub-field of cultural geography. It summarises three approaches that characterise this work. First, the study of everyday, vernacular buildings, found especially (but not exclusively) in North American cultural geography. Second, radical critiques of the political–economic imperatives that are built into particular architectural forms such as the skyscraper and the related interpretation of buildings as signs, symbols or referents for dominant socio-cultural discourses or moralities. Third, what can broadly (but not unproblematically) be termed non-representational or ‘critical’ methods that stress practice, materiality and affect. The second half of the article highlights the productive connections between these three approaches. It stresses that recent research on the geographies of architecture has adopted elements of each approach to make a number of contributions to the study of cultural geography. Two key themes are considered: movement ⁄ stasis; the politics of architectural design and practice. Consideration of these themes anticipates a conclusion with some broad suggestions for future geographical research on architecture.

History

Citation

Geography Compass, 2010, 4 (5), pp. 402-415

Version

  • AO (Author's Original)

Published in

Geography Compass

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

eissn

1749-8198

Copyright date

2010

Available date

2012-10-24

Publisher version

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1749-8198.2010.00332.x/abstract

Notes

This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the article which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1749-8198.2010.00332.x/abstract.

Language

en

Usage metrics

    University of Leicester Publications

    Categories

    Keywords

    Exports

    RefWorks
    BibTeX
    Ref. manager
    Endnote
    DataCite
    NLM
    DC