ANTI-ARCHITECTURE AND DECONSTRUCTION

ANTI-ARCHITECTURE AND DECONSTRUCTION
Nikos A. Salingaros | Umbau-Verlag | 2008| ISBN: 9783937954-097 | English | PDF | 200 pages

ANTI-ARCHITECTURE AND DECONSTRUCTION is a collection of essays on deconstructivist architecture. This book raises questions about how the public can be indoctrinated to accept an architecture that is hostile to human sensibilities, and which often causes physiological and psychological distress. In trying to understand the adoption of an architectural fashion, writers often focus only on aesthetic points, and ignore psychological conditioning and the role of the media. I look at the dark underside of contemporary architecture, and the world that promotes and sustains it. This book brings science, and the scientific way of thinking, to clear up some of the mysteries of architectural culture. I am able to cut through years of mysticism and confusion, and to expose some established practices for what they truly are. When they are no longer supported by an ambiguous pseudo-philosophy, they fall apart. My goal is to build emotionally-nourishing buildings, so every criticism developed here ultimately leads towards a new, more humane architecture. I am searching for an understanding of what architecture truly means: how to get beyond ephemeral fashions into a profound understanding of the built environment. Some of the essays included in this book take a decidedly spiritual direction. Admittedly, both architects and scientists of our day may harbor some negative feelings towards organized religion. Nevertheless, I find myself drawn towards a new sympathy with humanistic (as opposed to industrial) philosophies. The world's religions offer positive means of connecting to the universe, and I utilize this as an antidote to the present disconnecting trend. Although most people succumb to indoctrination by the media, a few individuals look for a way out. For them, I offer strategies that help them to resist mind control so they do not conform through peer pressure.

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