ABSTRACT

Because building a building costs so much money, construction-and within it, architecture-necessarily works for and within the monetary system. One could say that the history of architecture is the history of capital. But, while this is obvious, architectural history, especially as it is handed to us in the US, is oddly devoid of examinations of this relationship. Either it is assumed that this connection is less interesting than one which traces the relationship of one architectural style to another style or to a philosophic position, or the dominance of theories of architectural autonomy overtly exclude such an examination. After all, autonomy insists that architecture speaks and develops its own language in its own history relatively independent of world events. This anthology wants to make clear that there is a relationship, and not just to world events in general, but to the economic condition that enfolds those events.