Exhibiting Architecture: A Paradox?

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Published by Yale School of Architecture, and distributed by Actar.

Edited by Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Carson Chan (SoA PhD), and David Andrew Tasman. 

As the title of the book suggests, the ambition to exhibit architecture is always a paradox: how can something as large and complex as a building or a city be put on display, and how can something as elusive as an architectural experience that unfolds in space and time be communicated? Architecture poses a challenge to exhibition as a medium. Indeed, what do we exhibit when we exhibit architecture: should we be satisfied to exhibit photographs of buildings and sites, or should we aim to put whole buildings or, if that is not possible, fragments and models of them on display? These were among the questions the organizers posed to a group of architectural and art historians, practicing architects, and curators, who were invited to participate to contribute essays to the book. Their discussions address not only the exhibition medium, but challenge the stability of the preconceived idea of what architecture is by opening up a range of possibilities as to how architecture is made, experienced, and discussed. Exhibiting Architecture: A Paradox? brings together, in print form, the lectures, paper presentations, and panel discussions that took place at the eponymous symposium at the Yale School of Architecture in Fall 2013, also convened by the editors.

Contributors include Barry Bergdoll, Mari Lending, Wallis Miller, Romy Golan, Paula Burleigh, Craig Buckley (PhD '13), Mark Wasiuta, Simon Sadler, Federica Vannucchi (SoA PhD), Andres Kurg, Helena Mattson, Liane Lefaivre, Lea-Catherine Szacka, Irene Sunwoo (PhD '13), David Andrew Tasman, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Brennan Buck, Carson Chan (SoA PhD), Arianne Lourie-Harrison, Nina Rappaport, Joel Sanders, Pedro Gadanho, Eva Franch (Post-Professional M.Arch '07), Andrea Phillips, and Henry Urbach.