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  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Center for American Architecture and Design; 1st edition (April 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093495111X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934951111
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Benedikt holds the Hal Box Chair in Urbanism and is the Director of The Center for American Architecture and Design at The University of Texas at Austin, where he has taught design studio and design theory since 1975. He is a graduate of The University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and of Yale University. He has practiced architecture both in medium-sized firms and on his own, with a number of buildings to his credit in Austin. His books include For an Architecture of Reality (Lumen Books, 1987), Deconstructing the Kimbell (Lumen Books, 1991), Cyberspace: First Steps (MIT Press, 1991, translated into three languages) Value and Value 2 (Center for American Architecture and Design, 1997, 1998), and Shelter: The 2000 Raoul Wallenberg Lecture (Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2001). He is also executive editor of the book-series CENTER: Architecture and Design in America. He has been a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, a Scholar in Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation's Study Center in Bellagio, Italy, Colin Clipson Fellow at the University of Michigan, and J. L Constant Professor at the University of Kansas. He has published over 100 articles and has delivered over 85 invited lectures in the U.S. and abroad on architectural practice, design theory and research, computing, art, and ethics. In 2003, he was awarded the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture s Teacher of Year Award, and in 2004 was named a Distinguished Professor by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). His latest writing explores themes in theology and the theory of evolution as it relates to the (human) act of design.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick J. Quinn on June 5, 2010
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The book edited by Michael Benedikt ( God Is The Good We Do, etc.) is probably unique in the history of the literature of art, architecture, creativity and religion. Topics seldom if ever brought together
in either secular or religious education, are addressed by fourteen eminent thinkers in diverse fields of endeavor. Not since the founding, in the nineteen fifties, of the Society for Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture by Alfred Barr, Curator of MOMA and Murray Halverson, Harvard theologian, together with Paul Tillich, W.H. Auden, Thornton Wilder,et al., has such a bold attempt been made to confront the same eternal triad of issues. Benedikt, holder of the Hal Box Distinguished Chair at the University of Texas at Austin, is an architect, a philosopher, a writer and a theologian (or a-theologian,perhaps) of brilliant insight and humble posture. He brings together in a single dense volume, John F. Haught ( God After Darwin) and Charles Jencks (Ecstatic Architecture, The Architecture of The Jumping Universe), Michael Ruse, (Editor of the Jounal: Philosophy and Biology) and Sheryl Tucker de Vasquez who writes about Perspectives on Architecture and Race, Thomas Fisher, former editor of Progressive Architecture, now Dean of the College of Design at Minnesota and Gordon Kauffman (In the Face of Mystery: A Constructive Theology) Mallinkrodt Professor of Divinity Emeritus at Harvard. All the others are just as interesting.

The topics range from experiential aspects of sacred space to ethical approaches to desert ecology, from a magical pool beloved of Luis Barragan to the empty cross in Ando's Chapel of The Light, from the design of a "DNA Garden" to "Feminist Architecture" and so on into a wondrous world of uncommon thought about the most common of experiences.
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