Governing by Design: Architecture, Economy, and Politics in the Twentieth Century by AggregateGoverning by Design: Architecture, Economy, and Politics in the Twentieth Century by Aggregate

Governing by Design: Architecture, Economy, and Politics in the Twentieth Century

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Paperback | April 28, 2012

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Governing by Design offers a unique perspective on twentieth-century architectural history. It disputes the primacy placed on individuals in the design and planning process and instead looks to the larger influences of politics, culture, economics, and globalization to uncover the roots of how our built environment evolves.

In these chapters, historians offer their analysis on design as a vehicle for power and as a mediator of social currents. Power is defined through a variety of forms: modernization, obsolescence, technology, capital, ergonomics, biopolitics, and others. The chapters explore the diffusion of power through the establishment of norms and networks that frame human conduct, action, identity, and design. They follow design as it functions through the body, in the home, and at the state and international level.

Overall, Aggregate views the intersection of architecture with the human need for what Foucault termed “governmentality”—societal rules, structures, repetition, and protocols—as a way to provide security and tame risk.  Here, the conjunction of power and the power of design reinforces governmentality and infuses a sense of social permanence despite the exceedingly fluid nature of societies and the disintegration of cultural memory in the modern era.

Aggregate (Architectural History Collaborative) is a group of ten scholars who five years ago commenced a collaborative discussion on the topics and the methods of architectural history. In workshops and in a formal colloquium, the members of Aggregate presented research and debated their disciplinary aims and concerns. While its membe...
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Title:Governing by Design: Architecture, Economy, and Politics in the Twentieth CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 9.13 × 6 × 1 inPublished:April 28, 2012Publisher:University of Pittsburgh PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0822961784

ISBN - 13:9780822961789

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“In a series of fascinating essays, ten of the thirteen directors of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative pry the lid of a Pandora's box of intractable questions about architecture and building production-and their histories-today. . . This is a wonderful book."

—Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians