Reloading Ideology Critique of Architecture

Nadir LAHIJI

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    Abstract

    This is an edited book to which prominent internationally known scholars, critics, and architects have contributed essays. It uniquely opens the question of the political in discourse of architecture. It opens up the significance of the contribution of the prominent American cultural and literary critic Fredric Jameson to the field of architecture in the last thirty years. A conference was held in the city of London in 2012 at Bartlett school of architecture discussing the significance and contribution of this book to the field of architecture and critical theory. This publication was not funded by any institution. It was reviewed in the prestigious Journal Radical Philosophy in London. It has been favourably received and endorsed by scholars and critics at Harvard University in the US, Michael Hays, and in England by Gail Days at the University of Leeds. "In architecture discourse, Fredric Jameson is usually associated with its now-classic construction of the postmodern as a cultural dominant. That concept, however, is only part of Jameson's vast theoretical machinery, of which the political unconscious is the centre, and in which architecture has the important social function to represent historical and technological forces that might otherwise remain undetectable. With luminous scope and impressive depth, this collection insists on the fuller significance of Jameson's thought for architecture. It is important for anyone interested in progressive thinking about cultural practice." Bringing together a team of leading scholars, philosophers, critics, including Slavoj Zizek, Joan Ockman, Kojin Karatani, Jane Rendell among others, this book critically examines the important contribution made by Jameson to the radical critique of Architecture over the period of thirty years, highlighting its continued importance to contemporary architecture discourse. My book breaks new ground in architectural criticism and offers insights into the interrelationship between politics, culture, space, and architectural and, in doing so, it acts as a counter-balast to the current trend in architectural research where general aestheticization dominates the discourse.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe political unconscious of architecture
    Subtitle of host publicationre-opening Jameson's narrative
    EditorsNadir Lahiji
    Place of PublicationEngland
    PublisherAshgate Publishing Limited
    Chapter10
    Pages209-232
    Number of pages24
    Edition1
    ISBN (Electronic)9781283163576
    ISBN (Print)9781409426394
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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    LAHIJI, N. (2011). Reloading Ideology Critique of Architecture. In N. Lahiji (Ed.), The political unconscious of architecture: re-opening Jameson's narrative (1 ed., pp. 209-232). England: Ashgate Publishing Limited.