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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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Utopia’s Ghost

(p.147) 7 Architecture
Utopia's Ghost

Reinhold Martin

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the concept of derealization in postmodern architecture. Derealization means thinking in-between the intersection of representation and production by meditating on different cultural forms. It is accomplished at two levels: by interrogating critically the “givens” assumed by anticritical realisms and by restoring the “unreal” such as the Utopia to its proper status as a kind of performative. The chapter explains these levels in detail and describes how utopian projection has been part of the architect's toolkit since eighteenth-century Europe. It states that projection of any sort entails far more complex rearrangements of past, present, and future.

Keywords:   derealization, representation, production, Utopia, postmodern

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