9780262611138-0262611139-Architecture as Metaphor: Language, Number, Money (Writing Architecture)

Architecture as Metaphor: Language, Number, Money (Writing Architecture)

ISBN-13: 9780262611138
ISBN-10: 0262611139
Author: Karatani, Kojin
Publication date: 1995
Publisher: The MIT Press
Format: Paperback 246 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780262611138
ISBN-10: 0262611139
Author: Karatani, Kojin
Publication date: 1995
Publisher: The MIT Press
Format: Paperback 246 pages

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Acknowledged authors Karatani, Kojin wrote Architecture as Metaphor: Language, Number, Money (Writing Architecture) comprising 246 pages back in 1995. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0262611139 and 9780262611138. Since then Architecture as Metaphor: Language, Number, Money (Writing Architecture) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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In Architecture as Metaphor, Kojin Karatani detects a recurrent "will to architecture" that he argues is the foundation of all Western thinking, traversing architecture, philosophy, literature, linguistics, city planning, anthropology, political economics, psychoanalysis, and mathematics.

Kojin Karatani, Japan's leading literary critic, is perhaps best known for his imaginative readings of Shakespeare, Soseki, Marx, Wittgenstein, and most recently Kant. His works, of which Origins of Modern Japanese Literature is the only one previously translated into English, are the generic equivalent to what in America is called "theory." Karatani's writings are important not only for the insights they offer on the various topics under discussion, but also as an example of a distinctly non-Western critical intervention. In Architecture as Metaphor, Karatani detects a recurrent "will to architecture" that he argues is the foundation of all Western thinking, traversing architecture, philosophy, literature, linguistics, city planning, anthropology, political economics, psychoanalysis, and mathematics. In the three parts of the book, he analyzes the complex bonds between construction and deconstruction, thereby pointing to an alternative model of "secular criticism," but in the domain of philosophy rather than literary or cultural criticism. As Karatani claims in his introduction, because the will to architecture is practically nonoexistent in Japan, he must first assume a dual role: one that affirms the architectonic (by scrutinizing the suppressed function of form) and one that pushes formalism to its collapse (by invoking Kurt Godel's incompleteness theorem). His subsequent discussions trace a path through the work of Christopher Alexander, Jane Jacobs, Gilles Deleuze, and others. Finally, amidst the drive that motivates all formalization, he confronts an unbridgeable gap, an uncontrollable event encountered in the exchange with the other; thus his speculation turns toward global capital movement. While in the present volume he mainly analyzes familiar Western texts, it is precisely for this reason that his voice discloses a distance that will add a new dimension to our English-language discourse.

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