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Architecture has always been found in a space between its economic and cultural values. As distinct from the intrinsic values attributed to the visual and performing arts, literature and music, architecture's values are often seen to be compromised by, or contingent upon, forces outside of the discipline—on property prices, real estate markets and the vicissitudes of local and global economies. Such intersections of cultural and economic values are especially conspicuous in architectural heritage where conflicts between values are most publicly and passionately contested.
Valuing Architecture is not concerned with arguments for or against the cultural value of architecture and heritage per se but, rather, with the different sites and occasions where such values are bestowed, exchanged and come into conflict. It brings together a collection of essays that tackle concrete cases, both historical and contemporary, to explore how the values of architecture intersect, and what is at stake for architecture in the economics of culture.
Case studies include: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Kanal–Centre Pompidou (Brussels),Robin Hood Gardens (Peter & Alison Smithson, London), Frank Lloyd Wright buildings (US), MoMA and American Folk Art Museum (New York), Metabolist architecture, Brutalist architecture, and many others.
Editors: Ashley Paine, Susan Holden, and John Macarthur.
Contributors: Daniel M. Abramson, Tom Brigden, Alex Brown, Amy Clarke, Wouter Davidts, Bart Decroos, Susan Holden, Jordan Kauffman, Hamish Lonergan, John Macarthur, Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, Ashley Paine, Anton Pereira, Andrea Phillips, Lara Schrijver, Ari Seligmann, Kirsty Volz, and Rosemary Willink.
Published by Valiz
165 x 234 mm