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Architectural Agents – The Delusional, Abusive, Addictive Lives of Buildings - Minnesota Scholarship Online
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Architectural Agents: The Delusional, Abusive, Addictive Lives of Buildings

Annabel Jane Wharton


Buildings are not benign; rather, they commonly manipulate and abuse their human users. Architectural Agents makes the case that buildings act in the world independently of their makers, patrons, owners, or occupants. And often they act badly. Treating buildings as bodies, Annabel Jane Wharton writes biographies of symptomatic structures in order to diagnose their pathologies. The violence of some sites is rooted in historical trauma; the unhealthy spatial behaviors of other spaces stem from political and economic ruthlessness. The places examined range from the Cloisters Museum in New York Ci ... More

Keywords: Architecture, Videogames, Museums, Hotels, Addiction, Urbanism, Phenomenology, Agency, Jerusalem, Las Vegas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816693382
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816693382.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Annabel Jane Wharton, author
William B. Hamilton Professor of Art History, Duke University

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