Looking backward, looking forward: delightful delays

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Abstract

The translation and publication of Walter Benjamin's The Arcades Project provides a unique opportunity to explore different facets of this thinker whose many essays have been at the core of contemporary scholarship in architectural theories. This essay will focus on the idea of construction as discussed in various passages of the book The intention is to re-formulate the problematic relationship between architecture and technology, a theme essential for architecture

...just as the magnificent vistas of the city provided by the new construction in iron for a long tine were reserved exclusively for the workers and engineers, so too the philosopher who wishes here to garner fresh perspectives must he someone immune to vertigo—an independent and, if need be, solitary worker.

Walter Benjamin
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWalter Benjamin and architecture
EditorsGevork Hartoonian
Place of PublicationOxon, UK
PublisherRoutledge
Pages23-38
Number of pages16
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9780203865927
ISBN (Print)9780415482929
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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