Architectural projections by Andrew Benjamin
Andrew Benjamin’s essays in Architectural projections have a specific remit: their concern is the history and theory of architecture. However, rather than work with the assumed distance between architecture as a design practice on the one hand and architectural history and theory on the other, they have a different orientation. The essays form part of a larger project driven by the possibility of reconfiguring history and theory such that they exist for design rather than being of design. History exists for design if the afterlife of the historical can be recovered. Within the practice of design that possibility emerges to the extent that it is made visible by technologies of contemporary design. It is this possibility that grounds the contemporaneity of Borromini, Simper, Loos and Kiesler among others. The afterlife of the historical and the force of theory emerge to the extent they form and inform processes of design.
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