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Architecture Without Architects: A Short Introduction to Non-Pedigreed Architecture (Anglais) Broché – 15 juillet 1987

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In this book, Bernard Rudofsky steps outside the narrowly defined discipline that has governed our sense of architectural history and discusses the art of building as a universal phenomenon. He introduces the reader to communal architecture--architecture produced not by specialists but by the spontaneous and continuing activity of a whole people with a common heritage, acting within a community experience. A prehistoric theater district for a hundred thousand spectators on the American continent and underground towns and villages (complete with schools, offices, and factories) inhabited by millions of people are among the unexpected phenomena he brings to light. The beauty of primitive architecture has often been dismissed as accidental, but today we recognize in it an art form that has resulted from human intelligence applied to uniquely human modes of life. Indeed, Rudofsky sees the philosophy and practical knowledge of the untutored builders as untapped sources of inspiration for industrial man trapped in his chaotic cities. Features 156 halftones.

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Livre étonnant qui rapelle..les strates de la belle architecture. Le temps qui selectionne et valorise les esthétiques.

A garder en cave..

Une ballade dans le Caucase, en Afrique...le patrimoine est vivant..pas seulement un résidu à recycler.

Bonne lecture pour tout programmiste ou urbaniste, architecte,ethnologue.
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HASH(0x9c13848c) étoiles sur 5 A Classic Presentation 11 mars 2002
Par Dr Lawrence Hauser - Publié sur
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Originally published in 1964, concurrent with the exhibition Architecture Without Architects shown at MOMA, this slim volume of text and photographs radiates heat and light when reviewed almost forty years later. In fact, Rudofsky's introductory essay is so fresh today it is almost inconceivable it was written the better part of four decades ago! Offering a scathing attack on modern approaches to the landscape and to problems of living more generally in a time of rampant population growth, Rudofsky shrewdly pointed to the fact that "part of our troubles results from the tendency to ascribe to architects-or, for that matter, to all specialists-excessive insight into problems of living when, in truth, most of them are concerned with problems of business and prestige." But what transpires when the focus can be maintained on functionality, efficiency, ease of use, and a design aesthetic that remains humbly in tune with and loyal to the mood and visual imperative of the land under development? To answer these crucial questions Rudofsky takes us back a few thousands of years to the origins of architectural strivings (even preceding man's earliest efforts) and the material results thereof.
The essential point Rudofsky cares to make in these pages is that "vernacular architecture does not go through fashion cycles. It is nearly immutable, indeed, unimprovable, since it serves its purpose to perfection." Rooted in a practical, harmonious relationship with its setting, 'primitive' architecture exemplifies the art of living well through its consistent use of frugality in construction, cleanliness in line and detail, and a general respect for "creation." Further, its impetus is aligned with a human dimension fundamentally as opposed to an excessively hubristic predisposition to conquer nature at whatever cost. Finally, from Rudofsky's vantage, these principles are usefully to be understood as timeless guidelines for the future as well as descriptions of the past.
According to Rudofsky, sophisticated people seek rugged country where what is intrinsic holds sway. His search for the origins of a humanistic architecture was always in rugged terrain where people's lives must necessarily challenge the difficulties of topography and the vicissitudes of climate. His primary heuristic interest was in elucidating the solutions creatively and spontaneously generated by these people in order to make such rugged locales inhabitable AND livable. Architecture Without Architects demonstrates the way in which basic solutions to complex problems were developed historically and why those solutions are so important to remain cognisant of today.
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HASH(0x9c1384e0) étoiles sur 5 a fascinating and challenging book 18 juin 2000
Par Jeremy P. Bushnell - Publié sur
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This is a wonderful book. Nearly every page introduces me to something new, and thus broadens my conception of what it means to be a human being. Flipping through it at random reveals photos of gigantic Syrian water wheels, Dogon granaries, Spanish arcades, desert fortresses in Morocco, Italian hill towns, and hollowed-out baobab trees used as homes. The book is far more than a mere collection of curiosities, though: it is a challenge to our narrow conceptions of what makes a building or a city "legitimate." The book goes on to challenge us on even more fundamental levels: it radically expands one's exposure to alternate forms of living/urbanism/social networks, and exposure to the different social forms of the past always causes me to think heavily upon the ways in which the ones of our own time might be deficient (The incredible diversity of building styles depicted in this book are jeopardized and in some cases destroyed by the rise of tourism and the global marketplace; a trend that has already done irreperable damage to some of these cultures at the time the text was written.) A slim but important book, a celebration of human diversity, and a call for increased attention towards both our own lifestyles and the ones we endanger.
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HASH(0x9c138918) étoiles sur 5 When every man is a poet 16 mai 2000
Par Jorge P Silva - Publié sur
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A delicious document that proves that architecture has always been made by and for the people. This book almost always ilustrated by very sensuous photographs aproaches the subject that although architecture is suposed to respond objectively to problems of the «inhabitance» doesn't have to abdicate of any dramatic expression, and in fact can be enhanced that pragmatism!
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HASH(0x9c138ce4) étoiles sur 5 good classic 23 février 2006
Par A. M. Chatfield - Publié sur
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this is a great classic book - a little sad it's all in black and white, sometimes grainy images, but a wonderful view on what existed in 1960s. i'm sure a lot of it has now disappeared.
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HASH(0x9c138dc8) étoiles sur 5 GREEN DESIGN FROM THE EXOTIC PAST 16 novembre 2006
Par Jane Thompson - Publié sur
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Architecture Without Architects by Bernard Rudofsky demonstrates

that anonymous builders achieved great form based on function.

Confess right now -- designers, planners, architects!! You don't have

this book? You don't even know about this book or its author, Bernard

Rudofsky? Verdict: You are culturally deprived, which means possibly

professionally challenged. Certainly missing chances for inspiration on the job.

This classic contains a sweeping revelation of universal traditions of

"vernacular" architecture -- structures and spaces built by untutored hands in

"primitive" cultures, many now destroyed. Their images remain as amazing

testaments to ingenious answers to survival issues and creature comforts

in remote locales which, we see, have considerable sophistication.

Today's higher education for the design professions, focused on formal issues

of a few recent centuries, may have turned you away from study of remote cultures

in distant times, viewing vernacular as "inapplicable" in a high-tech world.

On the contrary, these places and structural events (including whole mountainsides)

demonstrate the significant human act of building with nature-given materials,

for human needs and use, with sensitivity to innately purposeful form,

without a thought about the disruptive gloss of fashion cycles.

Bernard Rudofsky was a brilliant iconoclast and innovator. As a restless architecture

student in Vienna in 1923, he cut loose to undertake a wanderjahr exploring distant

places and forgotten world cultures. Backpacking across Europe, Middle East, Asia,

and Africa, he photographed what he discovered -- indigenous building

forms and construction methods that created real architecture, unburdened by

pretensions and formal imitations. He documented solutions that were

simple and direct, and elegantly ingenious in the interest maklng things work.

Today more than ever, "primitive" construction can amaze and instruct, and inspire

by addressing ever-present habitation needs -- climate conditioning by controlled air flow,

light control with roof and wall materials, floor heating, even lifts and elevators,

all achieved by design strategies unacquainted with modern mechanics

-- i.e."energy" powered by ingenuity.

In the early 1960's, after his exhibition "Are Clothes Modern?" for New York's MoMA,

Rudofsky prepared an exhibition on anonymous architecture, broadening his own photo

documentation with collectors' images from other distant realms, enriching the

theme of enduring historic form and purpose.

His exhibition "Architecture Without Architects" (1964-65) brought avant-garde insight

to the expanding horizon of modernist values, demonstrating that vernacular form and

purpose are indivisible, and usually immutable -- as they are serving their purpose

to perfection.

In this recapitulation of the exhibition, there are shelters, streets, and functional

enclosures crafted for the lasting use of whole communities. There are the "found"

habitations of rocky hillsides, underground villages safely recessed from climate and

predators; habitable hilltop fortresses, medieval streets lined with shady pedestrian

arcades; a city of roofs built as "windscoops" to direct breezes into each room; huts

made of decorative woven matting, some with vegetal roofs; decorative pidgeoncotes

to facilitate fertilizer production; aerated vermin-proof granaries; streets shaded by

mats and vines, high structures built of grass.

The know-how of the anonymous builder shown here presents the a major untapped

source of architectural inspiration for industrial man. The wisdom derived goes beyond

economic and esthetic solutions that press on our wasteful modern mechanical

solutions. In the author's words, It touches on the "increasingly troublesome problem of

how to live and let live, how to keep peace with one's neighbors" while dealing with

the diminishing natural resources we all must share.

Here is Green Design before it was invented -- again. Here is Civic Design

and indeed Urban Design when few except Rudofsky recognized it.

This book of arresting images and informed ideas may stir you to speculate:

What might simple ingenuity forge for us in our low-energy future?

Jane Thompson

Thompson Design Group Inc.

Boston, MA 02210
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