He remained based in New York City until his death, although he continued to travel sometimes for years at a stretch. He was a Ford, Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellow. Influence[ edit ] Rudofsky was most influential for organizing a series of controversial MOMA exhibits in the s, s and s. He is best remembered today for a number of urbane books that still provide relevant design insight that is concealed in entertaining, subversive sarcasm. His interests ranged from vernacular architecture to Japanese toilets and sandal design. Taken together, his written work constitutes a sustained argument for humane and sensible design.

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Short read and full of useful research ideas. Which suggests that we seem never quite able to leave the ground on our modest flights of architectural fancy. This book makes a really persuasive case that we lose a lot by ignoring forms that were refined and perfected over centuries of adaptation to their local environment, rather than generated on a drafting table by a sole genius.

Cities built underground, trellis-shaded streets, mobile houses, intricate urban patterns emerging from repetition and modulation on an architectural theme, all are evolved responses to unique social and environmental conditions. Witnessing this diversity provoked a strong feeling of the small-mindedness of contemporary architecture. I kept thinking of Hamlet: "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

They rarely subordinate the general welfare to the pursuit of profit and progress. This book serves as a reminder that humans have been gradually tinkering with and improving their architecture forever, and we lose something of value if we start from scratch and remake the world in our modern, technology-dependent image.

The book is entirely based on his MoMa exhibition in with the same name. The exhibition only shows photographs but some texts are included in the book version. Essentially, the book is about how buildings get constructed by time, nature, and culture. Today we take it for granted that in order to construct a building, we would need an Architecture Without Architects is an architecture book written by Bernard Rudofsky.

Today we take it for granted that in order to construct a building, we would need an architect. This book is a great attempt to demystify that thought. Picasso was right after all: we have learned nothing.


Architecture Without Architects: A Short Introduction to Non-Pedigreed Architecture



Bernard Rudofsky


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