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Architecture as Metaphor

Architecture as Metaphor

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by Kojin Karatani and Michael Speaks

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 05/10/1995

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One of Japan's leading literary critics, Kojin Karatani is perhaps best known for his speculative philosophical works that, ranging from Kant to Nishida to Wittgenstein and Derida, are the generic equivalent to what in the West is called "theory". Karatani's writings are examples of a distinctly non-Western theoretical tradition. In "Architecture as Metaphor", Karatani examines the relationship between archtecture and philosophy, literature, linguistics, city planning, anthropology, political economy, psychoanalysis and mathematics. Specifically, he tackles the recurrent "will to architecture", which he argues is the foundation of all Western thinking. In the three parts of the book, he shows the necessity of construction, deconstruction and complex, secular construction/deconstruction. Because the will to architecture is practically nonexistent in Japan, Karatani must affirm the architectonic, which he does in the first section using a method based on formalist/structuralist linguistics, anthropology, and mathematics.
He then explores the limits of formalism by reading the work of Jane Jacobs, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari and Gregory Bateson against city planner Christopher Alexander's model of trees and semi-lattices. Finally, Karatani pushes formalism to its limits by reexamining the deconstructive implications of Kurt Godel's incompletness theorem.
Theory of architecture
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MIT Press Ltd
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United States
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