Introduction to Architecture in an Age of Uncertainty explores the agency of architects and architecture’s role in an era heavily influenced by rapid globalization, technological advancement, ethical uncertainty, and environmental crisis. Contrary to the conventional paradigm of an architectural introductory text, this book does not rely on a historical survey focusing on individual iconic buildings to introduce the value and meaning of architecture, nor is it heavily focused on a conventional view of studio design pedagogy or visualization in architecture. In essence, it is an introduction to the endeavor of architecture as an act of making, a creative profession, and the quintessential “social” art. It explores its subject matter from the perspective of the intrinsic connection between architectural theory and practice (Praxis) within the context of the “uncertain” status of the discipline today. It illustrates important foundational concepts to, dialogues emerging from, and discussions centering upon, the role and value of architecture and the built environment within the 21st century. This is an introductory text to important issues facing the profession as it engages design and construction of the built environment. It stance is fundamentally formed from an interdisciplinary perspective. Fundamental aspects of the conceptual language used to formulate architecture’s basic organizing elements, systems, languages, and ethics are discussed from the viewpoint of aesthetics, philosophy, ethics, and meaning.
PART 1: WHAT IS ARCHITECTURE?
CHAPTER 1: Architecture and the “Art of Conjecture”
CHAPTER 2: The Essence of Architecture?
CHAPTER 3: Architecture: Art or Science?
CHAPTER 4: The Contingent Nature of Architecture
PART 2: WHAT ARE THE CENTRAL ISSUES THE DISCIPLINE FACES?
CHAPTER 5: Architecture & Globalization
CHAPTER 6: Scarcity, Architecture & Design (Environment/Part 01)
CHAPTER 7: Sustainability, Architecture & Design (Environment/Part 02)
CHAPTER 8: Architecture & Rapid Technological Advancement
CHAPTER 9: Architecture, Health, & Well-Being
PART 3: FOUNDATIONAL CONCEPTS FOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
CHAPTER 10: Architecture: Ideology & Manifesto
CHAPTER 11: Diagramming Architecture
CHAPTER 12: Narrative, Process, & Meaning in Architecture
CHAPTER 13: Architecture and The University
CONCLUSION: The Ethical Challenge of Architecture