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Primitive: Original Matters in Architecture

EditorJo Odgers, Flora Samuel, Adam Sharr

Paperback | September 25, 2006

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This innovative edited collection charts the rise, fall and possible futures of the word primitive.

The word primitive is fundamental to the discipline of architecture in the west, providing a convenient starting point for the many myths of architecture's origins. Since the almost legendary 1970s conference on the Primitive, with the advent of post-modernism and, in particular, post-colonialism, the word has fallen from favour in many disciplines. Despite this, architects continue to use the word to mythologize and reify the practice of simplicity.

Primitiveincludes contributions from some of today¿s leading architectural commentators including Dalibor Vesely, Adrian Forty, David Leatherbarrow, Richard Weston and Richard Coyne. Structured around five sections, Negotiating Origins; Urban Myths; Questioning Colonial Constructs; Making Marks; and Primitive Futures, the essays highlight the problematic nature of ideas of the primitive, engage with contemporary debate in the field of post colonialism and respond to a burgeoning interest in the non-expert architecture.

This now controversial subject remains, for better or worse, intrinsic to the very structure of Modernism and deeply embedded in architectural theory. Considering a broad range of approaches, this book provides a rounded past, present and future of the word primitive in the architectural sphere.

Jo Odgersis an architect and lecturer at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. She previously worked in architectural practice for 15 years. She is currently working on the architecture and writings of John Wood of Bath in relation to the tradition of Occult Philosophy. She is Associate Editor ofarq(Cambridge University...
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Title:Primitive: Original Matters in ArchitectureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.05 inPublished:September 25, 2006Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415385393

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Part I: Original Matters 1. Primitive: The Word and ConceptAdrian Forty Part II: Negotiating Origins 2. The Primitive as Modern Problem: Invention and CrisisDalibor Vesely 3. Origins Redefined: A Tale of Pigs and Primitive HutsMari Hvattum  4. The Primitive Hut: Fantasies of Survival in an All White WorldLorens Holm 5. Semper's Primitive Hut: Dureation, Construction and Self-CreationJonathan Hale 6. Mineral Matters: Formation and TransformationRichard Weston  Part III: Questioning Colonial Constructs 7. Post-Colonizing the PrimitiveFelipe Hernandez and Lea Knudson Allen 8. Notes for an Alternative History of the Primitive HutStephen Cairns 9. Reinventing 'Primitiveness': Henri Lacoste and the Belgian Congo Pavilion at the 1931 Colonial Exposition in ParisJohan Lagae 10. The Radicalisation of the Primitive in Brazilian ModernismStyliane Phillipou 11. The Need to be Critical Robert Brown Part IV: Urban Myths 12. Practically PrimitiveDavid Leatherbarrow  13. Giants and ColumnsNick Temple 14. The Emblematic City: John Wood and the Refounding of BathJo Odgers 15. Alvar Aalto and the Primitive Suburb Harry Charrington  16. Metaphorical Manhattan: Paradise LostLorna McNeur  Part V: Making Marks 17. The Perception of Self-Navigation in the Space of Emptiness: The Primitive in Tadao Ando's ArchitectureJin Baek 18. The 'Primitive' Surface: Carving, Modelling, Marking and TransformationStephen Kite 19. The Modern Day Primitive Hut? 'Self Building' with Jung, Aalto and Le CorbusierFlora Samuel and Sarah Menin  20. The Wisdom of the SandsSimon Unwin Part VI: Primitive Futures?  21. Digital Commerce and the Primitive Roots of Architectural ConsumptionRichard Coyne 22. The Primitive and the Everyday: Sergison Bates, Lefebvre and the Guilt of Architectural ExpertiseAdam Sharr 23. Heart of Darkness: Air of ComfortHelen Mallinson 24. Primitive: From which Construction BeginsPeter Salter 25. United Cultures of BritainC.J. Lim