[Peggy Deamer] Architecture and Capitalism 1845
A collection of source documents in the history, theory and criticism of 20th-century architecture. Building a digital library of writings on architecture offers itself also as an opportunity to rethink the architecture of digital library itself and ask how it can open up to new methods of research and discovery. In the experiment, primary function of the library is kept — it firstly exists to serve as a resource for architectural research. But does it? Digital libraries are composed of numerous screens linked to each other by the complex logic of database design and bibliographic data. They are tremendously useful when we know what we are looking for, but not so great when we are interested in learning and discovering things closely related to those we are already familiar with. Neither advanced search options nor long lists of results are very helpful here.
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Directly confronting the nature of contemporary architectural work, this book is the first to address a void at the heart of architectural discourse and thinking. For too long, architects have avoided questioning how the central aspects of archite The best selections from America's oldest and most respected student-edited architectural journal, accompanied by historical and critical commentary. Perspecta, the oldest and most respected student-edited architectural journal in the United State Peggy Deamer's new book is a necessary Deamer breaks the last two hundred or so years since the publication of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations into chapters, each covering a number of decades which the individual authors examine with respect to a dominant geopolitical characteristic of the age in question.