Index of Titles Filed Under 'Architecture History'

Preservation is ordinarily reserved for architecture that is unique. So how would we go about preserving buildings that are utterly generic? Such is the case with Belyayevo, an ordinary residential district in Moscow. Belyayevo is a classic microrayon, the standardised neighbourhood system that successive Soviet regimes laid out across the USSR in what was the most expansive programme of industrialised construction the world has ever seen. Belyayevo’s buildings, and the desolate spaces between them, are identical to thousands of others, but is it different? Kuba Snopek argues that is. Home to many of the artists of the Moscow Conceptualism school, the ...

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The title of this project has been adapted with reference to the disputed concept of an Existenzminimum, which was conceived as an emergency measure to regulate the provision of low-cost housing for the growing working class between the World Wars, but has been criticized for perpetuating low- standard living conditions for the underprivileged. Existenzoptimum builds upon the ideals of the Existenzminimum while developing a proposal for cooperative living in opposition to family life and its ideology, considering issues such as class, gender etc.  

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Cultural heritage debates are often as much about the present as they are about the past. The long history of attempts to alter, reform, and recreate Cordoba’s Mezquita-Catedral can help us understand Spain’s changing attitudes – neutralization, celebration, modification and rejection – toward its Islamic present and pasts.

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Renaissance art historian Cammy Brothers offers a response to Mark Rakatansky’s essay “The Transformations of Giulio Romano: Palazzo Stati Maccarani,” which draws from their conversations during Aggregate’s transparent peer review of this piece.

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What are the characteristics and history of the “unbuilt”? How does it relate to architectural practice and the built? And, for architectural history, what are the stakes of the unbuilt? Why does it matter? What might it do?

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The history of the Middle East is replete with instances of co-existence between ethnic and religious communities as well as examples of continued endorsement and support for ancient monuments from Antiquity to the Islamic periods.

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Slavoj Žižek would have agreed that the destruction of cultural heritage by ISIS and the murder of African-Americans by the police are both examples of “objective violence” because they are easily framed in language and media as the disturbance of normative bourgeois consumerist life. What is at stake in this claim of equivalency? To what extent is representation itself a form of violence?

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Through close readings and innovative analytic visualizations, Mark Rakatansky explores how Giulio Romano’s architectural and pictorial work engaged a “social parametrics,” developing new transformative modes in response to the changing politics of identity in the Cinquecento.

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