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Architecture's Historical TurnPhenomenology and the Rise of the Postmodern$
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Jorge Otero-Pailos

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666034

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666034.001.0001

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A Polygraph of Architectural Phenomenology

A Polygraph of Architectural Phenomenology

(p.1) Chapter One A Polygraph of Architectural Phenomenology
Architecture's Historical Turn

Jorge Otero-Pailos

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter describes a polygraphic historiographic method aimed at uncovering how architectural phenomenology gained coherence. By foregrounding the social and generational struggles, it seeks to reclaim a space for individual agency in the history of postmodern architecture’s intellectual development. It focuses on the discursive heat created by the frictions between protagonists and how it changed the state of what was considered legitimate intellectual work in architecture. The chapter also expands the chronology of the intellectual history of postmodern architecture back to the postwar period when it began to cohere into a recognizably new way of approaching the questions of history and theory.

Keywords:   postmodern architecture, architectural phenomenology, polygraphic historiography, intellectual history

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