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Architecture : the subject is matter
Hill, Jonathan, 1958-
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London : New York : Routledge, 2001.
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xii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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The aim of this book is to expand the subject and matter of architecture, and to explore their interdependence. There are now many architectures. This book acknowledges architecture far beyond the familiar boundaries of the discipline and reassesses the object at its centre: the building. Architectural matter is not always physical or building fabric. It is whatever architecture is made of, whether words, bricks, blood cells, sounds or pixels. The fifteen chapters are divided into three sections - on buildings, spaces and bodies - which each deal with a particular understanding of architecture and architectural matter.
The richness and diversity of subjects and materials discussed in this book locates architecture firmly in the world as a whole, not just the domain of architects. In stating that architecture is far more than the work of architects, this book aims not to deny the importance of architects in the production of architecture but to see their role in more balanced terms and to acknowledge other architectural producers. Architecture can, for example, be found in the incisions of a surgeon, the instructions of a choreographer or the movements of a user. Architecture can be made of anything and by anyone.

Table of Contents

Section 1 Building Matter
Chapter 1 The Future is Hairy
Chapter 2 Two Architectural Projects about Purity
Chapter 3 Bloom
Chapter 4 Weather Architecture (Berlin 1929-1930, Barcelona 1986- Barcelona 1999-)
Chapter 5 What's the Matter with Architecture?
Section 2 Spatial Matter
Chapter 6 Notopia: Leaky Products/Urban Interfaces
Chapter 7 Comfort, Anxiety and Space
Chapter 8 Stairway Architecture: Transformative Cycles in the Golden Lane
Chapter 9 The Place of Prepositions: A Space Inhabited by Angels
Section 3 Body Matter
Chapter 10 Bauhaus Dream-House: Forming the Imaginary Body of the Ungendered Architect
Chapter 11 Black Matter(s): Such as? Does it?
Chapter 12 Surplus Matter: of Scars, Scrolls, Skulls and Stealth
Chapter 13 Animal Architecture
Chapter 14 Nanotechnology - The Liberation of Architecture
Chapter 15 Biological (or 'Wet') Architecture