Faglitteratur – Arkitektur

Udvalgte publikationer som er super gode at være bekendte med, og måske ikke længere er kendte titler blandt de nyere generationer af arkitekter.



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Carsten Thau, Prof. Kunstakdemiets Arkitektskole

Filosofi & Arkitektur
Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole, 2006 (336 sider)

(…)Siden oldtiden har der bestået et nært forhold imellem arkitektur og filosofi, som det bl.a. fremgår af den romerske arkitekt Vitruvius’ skrifter, og i vor tid har arkitekter som Mies van der Rohe, Louis Kahn og Aldo Rossi vedkendt sig en umiddelbar inspiration fra forgrundsfigurer inden for den filosofiske tænkning over en bred kam. Denne bog indeholder 11 indlæg fra en forelæsningsrække på Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole, Institut I, der beskæftigede sig med filosoffer i det 20. århundrede, som i særlig grad har interesse for arkitekturen: Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Ernst Cassirer, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Walter Benjamin, Th.W. Adorno, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Jean Baudrillard og Paul Virilio.
Kan bla. købes her – Link


Thomas Ryborg Jørgensen

Det ustadige i arkitekturen
phd – afhandling kunstakademiets arkitektskole, 2005

(…)Arkitekter benytter sig af talrige programmeringsværktøjer, informationskortlægninger (“in-form-ation” som den hollandske arkitekttegnestue MVRDV kalder det), og et hav af statistiske metoder, notationssystemer og visualiseringer der alle kan håndtere høj kompleksitekt. Men tilbage står stadig spørgsmålet om det foranderlige; det som, uanset kompleksitetsgrad og notationssystem, ikke kan fastholdes eller programmeres. Det som aldrig lader formen følge af funktionen eller programmeringen, fordi det foranderlige altid efterlader den arkitektoniske form, så den med tiden forandrede funktion eller programmering må tilpasse sig eller ændre sig i, med eller trods de arkitektoniske konstruktioner.(…)

Måske den stadig kan købes på Kunstakademiets Arkitektskoles Bibliotek. Ellers kan den måske købes her: Link


Rem Koolhaas

Delirious New York
The Monacelli Press, 1994 (315 sider)

I all time klassikeren ‘Delirious New York’ udvikles den æstetik og de strategier, der senere er blevet omdrejningspunktet på Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).


Karsten Harries

The Ethical Function of Architecture
MIT Press, 1998 (417 sider)

Can architecture help us find our place and way in today’s complex world? Can it return individuals to a whole, to a world, to a community? Developing Giedion’s claim that contemporary architecture’s main task is to interpret a way of life valid for our time, philosopher Karsten Harries answers that architecture should serve a common ethos. But if architecture is to meet that task, it first has to free itself from the dominant formalist approach, and get beyond the notion that its purpose is to produce endless variations of the decorated shed.

In a series of cogent and balanced arguments, Harries questions the premises on which architects and theorists have long relied–premises which have contributed to architecture’s current identity crisis and marginalization. He first criticizes the aesthetic approach, focusing on the problems of decoration and ornament. He then turns to the language of architecture. If the main task of architecture is indeed interpretation, in just what sense can it be said to speak, and what should it be speaking about? Expanding upon suggestions made by Martin Heidegger, Harries also considers the relationship of building to the idea and meaning of dwelling. Architecture, Harries observes, has a responsibility to community; but its ethical function is inevitably also political. He concludes by examining these seemingly paradoxical functions.

Karsten Harries is Professor of Philosophy at Yale University.


Max Risselada

Raumplan Versus Plan Libre . Adolf Loos and Le Corbusier, 1919 – 1930
Rizzoli. New York 1982


Lise Bek & Henrik Oxvig

Rumanalyser (400 sider)
Fonden til Udgivelse af Arkitekturtidsskrift B, 2002

Bogen indeholder 15 artikler, hovedsagelig oversættelser af klassiske arkitekturhistoriske tekster, der omhandler forskellige stilperioder i den vesterlandske arkitekturhistorie, fra den romerske arkitektur til dette århundredes modernisme. Teksterne tager udgangspunkt i forskel-lige analysemetoder af det arkitektoniske rumbegreb, som det er blevet udviklet igennem de sidste to hundrede års forskning og som her, for første gang forligger i danske oversættelser.


Cecil Balmond

Informal, (2002) 398 sider
Læs mere om den her.


Rem Koolhaas

Content (2005), 550 sider.

“Any architectural project takes five years; no single enterprise – ambition, intention, need – remains unchanged in the contemporary maelstrom. Architecture is too slow. Yet, the word “architecture” is still pronounced with certain reverence (outside of the profession). It embodies the lingering hope – or the vague memory of hope – that shape, form, coherence could be imposed on the violent surf of information that washes over us daily.”
Rem Koolhaas

Content is a product of the moment; a catalog of ideas on 546 pages organized in geographical order. Inspired by the ceaseless fluctuations of the early 21st century, it bears the marks of globalism and the market, ideological siblings that, over the past twenty years, have undercut the stability of contemporary life. Dominated by a single theme, Go East, the book is an account of seven years tireless labor illustrating the architect’s ambiguous relations with the forces of globalization. Pieces on Koolhaas’s projects for Prada and MCA/Universal in LA and the acclaimed Seattle Public Library lead to syncopated meditations on Guggenheim Las Vegas, Chicago’s van der Rohe “Miestakes,” a modest plan to save Cambridge from Harvard by rechanneling the Charles River, Lagos’ future as Earth’s third-biggest town, the Hermitage’s strange Russian past, Shanghai’s Expo 2010, and Asia’s skyscrapers, which now outnumber those of the West.
Commissioned to design the new headquarters for MCA/Universal in 1995, OMA spent three years navigating the corporate landscape.
The Universal experience convinced OMA of the need to find ways of escaping architecture’s lethal slowness.

Rem Koolhaas & Bruce Mau

S,M,L,XL (1996), 1300 sider

This extraordinary, massive, and mind-boggling 1,300-page book combines essays, manifestos, diaries, fairy tales, travelogues, a cycle of meditations on the contemporary city–and complex illustration–with work produced by Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture over the past twenty years. This almost overwhelming accumulation of words and images illuminates the condition of architecture today–its splendors and miseries–exploring and revealing the corrosive effects of politics, context, the economy, and globalization. In some ways, this is the “Medium is the Message” of 1990s architectural discourse: guaranteed to be hugely influential in the coming decades, but grossly misunderstood by those who have not read it.


Bruce Mau

Life Style (2000), 626 sider

More manifesto than monograph, Life Style is the first book to document Bruce Mau’s creative process and studio practice. Written by Mau and designed by his firm, the book is a singular album of perceptive, always thought-provoking, and often playful statements about the visual and cultural trends that influence today’s design culture. This collection of essays, observations, and personal anecdotes interspersed with project documentation manifests Mau’s unique world view and his belief that form and content are inseparable. The book’s format and organization echo his conviction that design is more than an end in and of itself; it is “not separated or segregated from life but instead is integrated with other messy flows … [it] engages directly with the world.”


Bruce Mau

Massive Change (2004), 240 sider

Utopianism is not dead; it has migrated from politics to materialism. This book, says Canadian industrial designer Mau (who founded Toronto City College’s Institute Without Borders), is “not about the world of design; it’s about the design of the world.” In a form that is part Apple ad, part Powerpoint presentation and part architectural pastiche à la Rem Koolhaus, Mau’s volume brings together designs and theories (mostly Western) and photographers (global) that “tap into global commons,” “distribute capacity” and “embrace paradox”: superstrong fibers modeled on gecko hairs; “sustainable business” that embraces corporate accountability; the “redesigning” of Third World property law; genetic engineering, macro- and microimaging technologies; virtual reality technology that allows collaboration over large distances; a “cyberneticized” military that paradoxically has more nonviolent options. All of these ideas (some of which are now reality) are here in words and pictures, often further explained through q&a’s with leading researchers. The result reads, intentionally, like a friendly corporate prospectus or catalogue, except that the “product” on offer is a radically hopeful vision of the future.


Rem Koolhaas

Mutations (2001) , 720 sider

From Koolhaas and Harvard Design School’s Project on the City come two engrossing and wholly straightforward explorations: one of the Pearl River Delta, which China has designated as a zone of unrestricted capitalist experimentation, and whose five major urban centers have consequently exploded overnight in all sorts of instructive and often frightening ways; and another of the chaotic, congested and Blade Runneresque megalopolis of Lagos, Nigeria, whose patterns of growth, housing, and commerce defy all conventional wisdom on how cities should develop. There’s also a bounty of excellent (and often astonishing) statistics on all aspects of urban growth; a “snapshots” section of phenomena from cities all over the globe; a completely spot-on (and unintentionally funny) analysis of the evolution of shopping as the last truly unifying urban public activity (and the subject of Koolhaas’s next full-scale book); and a trenchant look at Kosovo as ground zero in the first major war of the Internet age. (It should be noted that there’s a separate section on the U.S., which with all its soulless, tacky consumerist excess gets the drubbing it usually can expect from the European intelligentsia, although the irony here is that more and more of newly urban Europe is starting to look like newly urban America.)


Le Corbusier

Towards a New Architecture (1923), 287 sider.

(absolut interessant, fordi mange af de tanker LC gør sig stadig omgiver os den dag idag)
This pioneering proclamation by the great architect expounds Le Corbusier’s technical and aesthetic theories, views on industry, economics, the relation of form to function, “mass-production spirit,” and much more.

Kennth Frampton

Modern Architecture ( 1992), 376 sider

This acclaimed survey of 20th-century architecture and its origins has become a classic since it first appeared in 1980. Now revised, enlarged and expanded, Kenneth Frampton brings the story up to date and adds an entirely new concluding chapter that focuses on four countries where individual talent and enlightened patronage have combined to produce a comprehensive and convincing architectural culture: Finland, France, Spain and Japan.


Siegfried Giedion

Space, Time and Architecture: The Growth of a New Tradition. (1941/63), 778 sider

(Det sidste litterære manifest i det 20. århundrede – nærmeste vi siden er kommet er måske S,M,L,XL – kan dog slet ikke sammenlignes da arkitektur idag er mere tvetydig og dynamisk).
A milestone in modern thought, Space, Time and Architecture has been reissued many times since its first publication in 1941 and translated into half a dozen languages.
Space, Time and Architecture is a remarkable accomplishment in that it explores and throws new light on buildings and plans that were underestimated or unknown before this book appeared. It has also proved to be one of the most valuable reference books for students and professionals concerned with the reshaping of our environment. It not only reviews the varied fields of architecture and city planning in relation to an emerging industrial technology, but also shows their parallel development in the visual arts. Sigfried Giedion’s accomplishment remains unmatched.


Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture: An Anthology of Architectural Theory 1965-1995 (1997), 284 sider

(Burde være den første bog du køber hvis du vil inføreres i arkitektur teori – super introduktion på 65 sider).

A dynamic period of reexamination of the discipline, the postmodern eraproduced widely divergent and radical viewpoints on issues of making, meaning, history, and the city. Among the paradigms presented arearchitectural postmodernism, phenomenology, semiotics, poststructuralism, deconstruction, and feminism.

By gathering these influential articles from a vast array of books and journals into a comprehensive anthology, Kate Nesbitt has created a resource of great value. Indispensable to professors and students of architecture and architectural theory, Theorizing a New Agenda also serves practitioners and the general public, as Nesbitt provides an overview, a thematic structure, and a critical introduction to each essay.

The list of authors in Theorizing a New Agenda reads like a “Who’s Who” of contemporary architectural thought: Tadao Ando, Giulio Carlo Argan, Alan Colquhoun, Jacques Derrida, Peter Eisenman, Marco Frascari, Kenneth Frampton, Diane Ghirardo, Vittorio Gregotti, Karsten Harries, Rem Koolhaas, Christian Norberg-Schulz, Aldo Rossi, Colin Rowe, Thomas Schumacher, Ignasi de Sol -Morales Rubi , Bernard Tschumi, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, and Anthony Vidler. A bibliography and notes on all the contributors are also included.


Stan Allen

Practice, Architecture, Technique ande Representation

(Den bedste bog jeg ejer!!!) Læs om den her.


Lars Marcussen


Denne voluminøse bog handler om menneskets rumopfattelse og om de rumlige idéers historiske udvikling fra de tidligste tider til nutiden, ud fra en evolutionistisk opfattelse af kultur og historie. Men som titlen angiver er bogen også en stort anlagt og detaljeret analyse af arkitekturens rum, en strukturelt funderet arkitekturhistorie, hvad ingen tidligere har vovet sig ud i. Illustrationsmaterialet er fremragende, især de hundredvis af tegninger, udført af forfatteren selv. Den nye udgave er suppleret med fire nye kapitler, og de øvrige er revideret med meget nyt materiale.

Indhold: Fra urtid til renæssance : strukturens tilblivelse (Gruppestrukturen ; Rummets psykologi ; Billedkunstens rum ; Rummets fænomenologi : arkitektur og verdensbillede ; Kosmiske arkitekturer : Hellensk og jødisk ; Den kosmiske syntese ;Cirkulære kulturer og oldtidens Egypten ; Det doriske og joniske Hellas ; Rom: fra hedenskab til kristendom ; Kristen oldtid og middelalder ; Gotikkens metamorfose og italiensk renæssance) ; Fra barok til postmodernisme : historiens fold (Kosmologi i verdsliggørelsens yderste fase ; Filosofiske retninger ; Billedet og ordet ; Forskel og gentagelse ; Nomadologi og kognitiv videnskab ; Elliptisk og lineær barok ; England : romantik og kubisme ; Frankrig og Tyskland : monument og konstruktion ; Tysk og fransk modernisme ; arkitekturens sproglige drejning ; Det nye paradigme ; Hinsides paradigmet : tre spiraler ; Rummets rehabilitering)