Use Matters: An Alternative History Of Architecture by Kenny CupersUse Matters: An Alternative History Of Architecture by Kenny Cupers

Use Matters: An Alternative History Of Architecture

EditorKenny Cupers

Paperback | October 25, 2013

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From participatory architecture to interaction design, the question of how design accommodates use is driving inquiry in many creative fields. Expanding utility to embrace people¿s everyday experience brings new promises for the social role of design. But this is nothing new. As the essays assembled in this collection show, interest in the elusive realm of the user was an essential part of architecture and design throughout the twentieth century.Use Mattersis the first to assemble this alternative history, from the bathroom to the city, from ergonomics to cybernetics, and from Algeria to East Germany. It argues that the user is not a universal but a historically constructed category of twentieth-century modernity that continues to inform architectural practice and thinking in often unacknowledged ways.

Kenny Cupersis Assistant Professor of Architectural History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Title:Use Matters: An Alternative History Of ArchitectureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.4 × 6.8 × 0.9 inPublished:October 25, 2013Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415637341

ISBN - 13:9780415637343

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Table of Contents

Introduction Kenny Cupers Part 1: Subjectivity and Knowledge 1. Isotype and Modern Architecture in Red ViennaEve Blau  2.Architectural  2. Handbooks and the User ExperiencePaul Emmons and Andreea Mihalache 3.Laboratory Modules and the Subjectivity of the Knowledge WorkerWilliam J. Rankin 4.Architects, Users, and the Social Sciences in Postwar AmericaAvigail Sachs 5. Spatial Experience and the Instruments of Architectural TheoryBrian Lonsway Part 2: Collectivity, Welfare, Consumption 6. The Shantytown of Algiers and the Colonization of Everyday LifeSheila Crane 7. New Swedes in the New TownJennifer Mack 8. Henri Lefebvre, For and Against the ¿User¿¿ukasz Stanek 9.Designed-in Safety: Ergonomics in the BathroomBarbara Penner 10. Intelligentsia Design and the Postmodern PlattenbauMax Hirsh 11. WiMBY!¿s New CollectivesMichelle Provoost Part 3: Participation 12. Landscape and Participation in 1960s New YorkMariana Mogilevich 13. Ergonomics of DemocracyJavier Lezaun 14. Counter-projects and the Postmodern UserIsabelle Doucet 15. The paradox of Social ArchitecturesTatjana Schneider

Editorial Reviews

"Use Matters critically interrogates the engagement of "user" in architectural design. It puts the user/occupant/inhabitant as the core of the value premise." - Leonard Bachman, Journal of Architectural Education, University of Houston