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Title: Geographies of Architecture: The Multiple Lives of Buildings
Authors: Kraftl, Peter
First Published: 4-May-2010
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Geography Compass, 2010, 4 (5), pp. 402-415
Abstract: Arguably, cultural geography began with the study of architectural forms. The first half of this article traces the geographical study of buildings as a relatively small but significant sub-field of cultural geography. It summarises three approaches that characterise this work. First, the study of everyday, vernacular buildings, found especially (but not exclusively) in North American cultural geography. Second, radical critiques of the political–economic imperatives that are built into particular architectural forms such as the skyscraper and the related interpretation of buildings as signs, symbols or referents for dominant socio-cultural discourses or moralities. Third, what can broadly (but not unproblematically) be termed non-representational or ‘critical’ methods that stress practice, materiality and affect. The second half of the article highlights the productive connections between these three approaches. It stresses that recent research on the geographies of architecture has adopted elements of each approach to make a number of contributions to the study of cultural geography. Two key themes are considered: movement ⁄ stasis; the politics of architectural design and practice. Consideration of these themes anticipates a conclusion with some broad suggestions for future geographical research on architecture.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2010.00332.x
eISSN: 1749-8198
Version: Pre-print
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2010, Wiley-Blackwell. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the article which has been published in final form at
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