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Utopia's GhostArchitecture and Postmodernism, Again$
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Reinhold Martin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669622

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669622.001.0001

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Environment, c. 1973

(p.49) 3 Language
Utopia's Ghost

Reinhold Martin

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines architectural grammar and syntax and its relation to the transformation of environment during the postmodern period. It describes the challenges posed by the concept of environment in the context of architectural discourse as well as in public policy. Analysis in architecture towards the grammars and syntax of the aesthetic object constitutes a movement of “environment”, and implies that autonomy is a condition for immanence rather than an alternative to it. The chapter then considers the question of disciplinary autonomy as fundamentally topological in character.

Keywords:   grammar, syntax, environment, postmodern, aesthetic practice, domesticating imperatives

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