This collection of previously unpublished essays from a diverse range of well-known scholars and architects builds on the architectural tradition of phenomenological hermeneutics as developed by Dalibor Veseley and Joseph Rykwert and carried on by David Leatherbarrow, Peter Carl and Alberto Pérez-Gómez.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach and drawing on ideas from beyond the architectural canon, contributors including Kenneth Frampton, David Leatherbarrow, Juhani Pallasmaa, Karsten Harries, Steven Holl, Indra Kagis McEwen, Paul Emmons, and Louise Pelletier offer new insights and perspectives on questions such as the following:

Given the recent fascination with all things digital and novel, what is the role of history and theory in contemporary architectural praxis?

Is authentic meaning possible in a technological environment that is so global and interconnected?

What is the nature and role of the architect in our shared modern world?

How can these questions inform a new model of architectural praxis?

Architecture's Appeal is a thought-provoking book which will inspire further scholarly inquiry and act as a basis for discussion in the wider field as well as graduate seminars in architectural theory and history.


chapter |2 pages


ByMarc J. Neveu, Negin Djavaherian

part I|62 pages

Invoking the gods

chapter 1|11 pages

The Reading Chamber

ByRobert Kirkbride

chapter 2|17 pages

The Tower Of Babel And Jacob's Pillar

Hegel, Heidegger, and the death of architecture
ByKarsten Harries

chapter 3|14 pages

Reading What Is Written Between The Lines

The esoteric dimension of Ebenezer Howard's Garden Cities of To-Morrow
ByPaul Emmons

chapter 4|18 pages

On Virtue And Thomas Jefferson

ByIndra Kagis McEwen

part II|58 pages


chapter 5|12 pages

Made In Usage

Architecture in Furetière's Dictionnaire universel
ByCaroline Dionne

chapter 6|15 pages

Beyond Expression

ByLily Chi

chapter 7|12 pages

On Water And Other Fluids

A bloody account of urban circulation
ByLouise Pelletier

chapter 8|17 pages

Earth Or World?

Aerial image and the prosthetic imagination
ByLawrence Bird

part III|70 pages

Flesh / Eros

chapter 9|13 pages

Tough Love

A study of the architecture of Pezo von Ellrichshausen
ByDavid Leatherbarrow

chapter 10|12 pages

Flesh Of Stone

Buildings, statues, entangled bodies
ByTracey Eve Winton

chapter 11|16 pages

Genius As Eros

ByLian Chikako Chang

part IV|52 pages

Fusion of horizons

chapter 13|10 pages

Voices Of Tranquility

Silence in art and architecture
ByJuhani Pallasmaa

chapter 14|13 pages

An Architectural Creation Myth Borrowed From The Phenomenology Of Music

ByStephen Parcell

chapter 15|10 pages

Modus Operandi Of An Architectus Doli

Architectural cunning in the comic plays of Plautus
ByLisa Landrum

chapter 16|17 pages

Towards An Ecology Of The Palladian Villa

ByGraham Livesey

part V|53 pages

After the crisis

chapter 18|10 pages

Architecture Or Acceleration

Position as opposition
ByAnne Bordeleau

chapter 19|11 pages

Building Upon Love In An Age Of Innovation

ByPeter Olshavsky

chapter 20|15 pages

Content And Craft

What do we do when we do the history of architecture?
ByDavid Theodore