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Representing the Discipline: The Operations of Architecture's Discursive Imagery

Representing the Discipline: The Operations of Architecture's Discursive Imagery This article examines the lineage of the discursive image and its capacity to represent the discipline of architecture. Emanating historically from Diderot and d’Alembert’s Encyclopédie, and its desire to make cultural production intelligible, the paper considers this practice of representing the discipline through the techniques it deploys and considers the consequences, both representationally and with respect to our understanding of disciplinary knowledge. The author questions whether it is more appropriate to represent architectural techniques or the situated practices of the architect. Given that disciplinary discourse shapes our representations, while simultaneously exceeding the limits of representation, why is there a profusion of architectural images whose sole aspiration is to communicate the techniques of their own making? http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

Representing the Discipline: The Operations of Architecture's Discursive Imagery

Architecture and Culture , Volume 1 (1): 25 – Nov 1, 2013

Representing the Discipline: The Operations of Architecture's Discursive Imagery

Architecture and Culture , Volume 1 (1): 25 – Nov 1, 2013

Abstract

This article examines the lineage of the discursive image and its capacity to represent the discipline of architecture. Emanating historically from Diderot and d’Alembert’s Encyclopédie, and its desire to make cultural production intelligible, the paper considers this practice of representing the discipline through the techniques it deploys and considers the consequences, both representationally and with respect to our understanding of disciplinary knowledge. The author questions whether it is more appropriate to represent architectural techniques or the situated practices of the architect. Given that disciplinary discourse shapes our representations, while simultaneously exceeding the limits of representation, why is there a profusion of architectural images whose sole aspiration is to communicate the techniques of their own making?

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2013 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
2050-7836
eISSN
2050-7828
DOI
10.2752/175145213X13760412749999
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Abstract

This article examines the lineage of the discursive image and its capacity to represent the discipline of architecture. Emanating historically from Diderot and d’Alembert’s Encyclopédie, and its desire to make cultural production intelligible, the paper considers this practice of representing the discipline through the techniques it deploys and considers the consequences, both representationally and with respect to our understanding of disciplinary knowledge. The author questions whether it is more appropriate to represent architectural techniques or the situated practices of the architect. Given that disciplinary discourse shapes our representations, while simultaneously exceeding the limits of representation, why is there a profusion of architectural images whose sole aspiration is to communicate the techniques of their own making?

Journal

Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: Nov 1, 2013

Keywords: discursive image; representation; disciplinarity; Learning from Las Vegas; Archigram; Buckminster Fuller

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