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Governing by Design: Architecture, Economy, and Politics in the Twentieth Century (Culture Politics & the Built Environment) Paperback – April 28, 2012

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“In a wide-ranging yet coherent exploration of the relationships between design production and political economy, this perpetually engaging edited volume provocatively expands the domains of architectural and urbanist discourse to consider new dimensions of power and contested identities. By elucidating the complex codevelopment of the built environment at all scales and across the globe, Governing by Design prompts us to consider the ways that all architecture is embedded in a managed urbanism of risk. Deploying a commendable form of theorized specificity, the chapters usefully coalesce into the aggregate their authors profess to be.”
—Lawrence J. Vale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“At last the study of architecture and cities moves beyond the premise that they are merely ‘reflections’ of the broader culture. This edited volume explores architecture as the instrumental medium by which societies actively work to define and realize their expectations, desires, and needs. Just as important, it reveals how critical the role of designers and users is in establishing the means for communities to contest and negotiate their desired ends.”
—John Archer, University of Minnesota

“In a series of fascinating essays, ten of the thirteen directors of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative pry the lid of a Pandora's box of intractable questions about architecture and building production-and their histories-today. . . This is a wonderful book."

—Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

About the Author

Aggregate (Architectural History Collaborative) is a group of ten scholars who five years ago commenced a collaborative discussion on the topics and the methods of architectural history. In workshops and in a formal colloquium, the members of Aggregate presented research and debated their disciplinary aims and concerns. While its membership remains housed within institutions of architecture and art history, the group commitment is to enriching architectural history by engaging with other fields and disciplines.

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