Technology and Place: Sustainable Architecture and the Blueprint Farm

Paperback | July 15, 2001

bySteven A. MooreForeword byKenneth Frampton

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Developing "sustainable" architectural and agricultural technologies was the intent behind Blueprint Farm, an experimental agricultural project designed to benefit farm workers displaced by the industrialization of agriculture in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Yet, despite its promise, the very institutions that created Blueprint Farm terminated the project after just four years (1987-1991).

In this book, Steven Moore demonstrates how the various stakeholders' competing definitions of "sustainability," "technology," and "place" ultimately doomed Blueprint Farm. He reconstructs the conflicting interests and goals of the founders, including Jim Hightower and the Texas Department of Agriculture, Laredo Junior College, and the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, and shows how, ironically, they unwittingly suppressed the self-determination of the very farm workers the project sought to benefit. From the instructive failure of Blueprint Farm, Moore extracts eight principles for a regenerative architecture, which he calls his "nonmodern manifesto."

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Developing "sustainable" architectural and agricultural technologies was the intent behind Blueprint Farm, an experimental agricultural project designed to benefit farm workers displaced by the industrialization of agriculture in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Yet, despite its promise, the very institutions that created Blueprint Farm...

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Developing "sustainable" architectural and agricultural technologies was the intent behind Blueprint Farm, an experimental agricultural project designed to benefit farm-workers displaced by the industrialization of agriculture in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Yet, despite its promise, the very institutions that created Blueprint Farm...

Kenneth Frampton is the Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:286 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.75 inPublished:July 15, 2001Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292752458

ISBN - 13:9780292752450

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Kenneth FramptonPrefaceAcknowledgmentsChapter 1. A Question of Categories Modernity, Technology, and Place Critical Regionalism Toward a Nonmodern AlternativeChapter 2. A Reconstruction from the FileChapter 3. The Local History of Space Place, Technology, and Technological Networks La Frontera Chica Narrowing Horizons of Spatial DiscourseChapter 4. Conflicting Intentions The Concept of Intentionality Networks of Intention Uninhabited IntentionsChapter 5. Technological Interventions Traditions in Science and Technology Studies Making Problems Go Away Democracy and ParticipationChapter 6. Reception Reception Theory Mixed Receptions Received ParadigmsChapter 7. Reproduction The Production of Facts Spreading Claims Sublime ReproductionsChapter 8. Eight Propositions Summary Propositions The Nonmodern Thesis Eight Points for Regenerative Architecture: A Nonmodern ManifestoAppendix. The Things ThemselvesNotesReferencesIndex

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I consider this book the most insightful discussion of place and technology I have encountered over the past twenty years of thinking about place and its role in modern society. . . . I think that it will create an intellectual stir and give a significant boost to scholarship bringing together social science and the design professions. - John Agnew, Professor and Chair of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles