Prison Notebooks: Jeremy Till, Architecture Depends

Leach, Andrew (2009) Prison Notebooks: Jeremy Till, Architecture Depends. Radical Philosophy, 158: 57-59.

Author Leach, Andrew
Title Prison Notebooks: Jeremy Till, Architecture Depends
Formatted title
Prison Notebooks: Jeremy Till, Architecture Depends
Journal name Radical Philosophy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-211X
Publication date 2009-11
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Issue 158
Start page 57
End page 59
Total pages 3
Place of publication Thatcham, U.K.
Publisher Radical Philosophy
Language eng
Subject 1702 Cognitive Sciences
2203 Philosophy
Formatted abstract
I have never heard Till speak, but I can imagine that reading Architecture Depends is a little like following his lectures. He writes as if for a crowded room. Before an audience bewildered by the problem of how contemporary architecture came to be what it is, he unpacks his library (which includes a good number of books by Zygmunt Bauman alongside the classics) to demonstrate how little architecture understands its place in the world, and how much it would benefit from opening the doors wide to that knowledge of society and politics that it systematically overlooks or defiantly - to borrow Till"s tone - sets aside. In its own way (and this book is super-idiosyncratic along the lines of, for example, Paul Shepheard's meditations on architectural themes), Till"s volume contributes to the current wave of literature reflecting on the conditions of architecture's claims on disciplinary or artistic autonomy and the conditions under which that autonomy is undermined. Like many of those books and articles, especially of the critical/post-critical debate, it returns us to the 1970s. Till does not do this explicitly, but his target is the same monumental legacy of modernism against which postmodernism set itself; his criticisms are levelled at a monolithic legacy of Vitruvian order; and his discomfort is with the perpetuation of a model of architectural education and practice That survived unscathed from the nineteenth century.
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Subtitle: "MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2009. 232 pp. £ 16.95 hb., 978 0 26201 253 9."

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