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Automatic ArchitectureMotivating Form after Modernism$
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Sean Keller

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226496498

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226496528.001.0001

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Into the Automatic

(p.1) Introduction
Automatic Architecture

Sean Keller

University of Chicago Press

This chapter frames the general conceptual and historical context of the book. The broadest question explored is: how is architectural authorship justified? More specifically, the book examines ways in which architects and theorists responded to this question in the period after the Second World War. This chapter outlines the relationship of architecture and science after 1945, especially as established through the new technology of electronic computing. It discusses the views of major architectural theorists such as Reyner Banham, Colin Rowe, and Alan Colquhoun. The chapter also considers the connections of the postwar context to strands of prewar modernism.

Keywords:   authorship, Reyner Banham, Alan Colquhoun, computing, Colin Rowe

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