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Constructing Culture: A Political Perspective

Constructing Culture: A Political Perspective Architecture is generally understood ambiguously: as the balance between “mere” building on the one hand and “artistic” practice on the other. This ambiguity questions the relevance of the cultural aspects of architecture today. This essay develops a cultural perspective upon the field of architecture through a study of the work of the German-American philosopher, Hannah Arendt. Arendt’s writings on works of art and other cultural objects serve to politically challenge both architecture’s artistic practices and “mere” building production. By its inherent durability and contribution to the sensus communis, architecture establishes a stable world in which political life can unfold. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

Constructing Culture: A Political Perspective

Architecture and Culture , Volume 2 (2): 11 – Jul 1, 2014

Constructing Culture: A Political Perspective

Architecture and Culture , Volume 2 (2): 11 – Jul 1, 2014

Abstract

Architecture is generally understood ambiguously: as the balance between “mere” building on the one hand and “artistic” practice on the other. This ambiguity questions the relevance of the cultural aspects of architecture today. This essay develops a cultural perspective upon the field of architecture through a study of the work of the German-American philosopher, Hannah Arendt. Arendt’s writings on works of art and other cultural objects serve to politically challenge both architecture’s artistic practices and “mere” building production. By its inherent durability and contribution to the sensus communis, architecture establishes a stable world in which political life can unfold.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2014 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
2050-7836
eISSN
2050-7828
DOI
10.2752/205078214X14030008752542
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Abstract

Architecture is generally understood ambiguously: as the balance between “mere” building on the one hand and “artistic” practice on the other. This ambiguity questions the relevance of the cultural aspects of architecture today. This essay develops a cultural perspective upon the field of architecture through a study of the work of the German-American philosopher, Hannah Arendt. Arendt’s writings on works of art and other cultural objects serve to politically challenge both architecture’s artistic practices and “mere” building production. By its inherent durability and contribution to the sensus communis, architecture establishes a stable world in which political life can unfold.

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Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 1, 2014

Keywords: architecture; culture; politics; Hannah Arendt; judgment

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