Invisible architecture: the objectification of formlessness

Bird, Jared. (2005). Invisible architecture: the objectification of formlessness B.A. Thesis, School of Geography, Planning & Env Management, The University of Queensland.

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Author Bird, Jared.
Thesis Title Invisible architecture: the objectification of formlessness
School, Centre or Institute School of Geography, Planning & Env Management
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2005
Thesis type B.A. Thesis
Supervisor unknown
Total pages 37
Language eng
Subjects 1201 Architecture
Formatted abstract

The architect, Wiel Arets, raises the question of transparency in architecture. The discourse on transparency has been dominated for fifty years by the formalism of Colin Rowe and Robert Slutzky. This formalism was ultimately possible because of the delamination of form and meaning. This, in turn, was a consequence of what Manfredo Tafuri describes as the “eclipse of history”. Contemporary architectural theorists, such as Rosemarie Hagg Bletter, Detlef Mertins, Terence Riley, and Anthony Vidler, call for a reappraisal of the idea of transparency, and a similar reexamination of those aspects of modernism that were so comprehensively maligned by Rowe and Slutzky. Mertins, through the writing of Sigfried Giedion, offers an alternative transparency which rests upon the ideas of a contingent subjectivity and the erasure of the architectural figure through motion. This argument is supplemented here by ideas from Wiel Arets concerning “virology”, and from Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari on “the rhizome”. Terence Riley argues how the idea of “translucency” offers a synthesis of some of the tensions inherent between phenomenal transparency and materiality.

Keyword Architecture transparency

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