"With brilliant insight and exciting new research based on important primary sources, Martin develops a fascinating narrative of the interlocking development of organizational and architectural thought and practice during the 'boom period' of office building between 1945 and 1960. Profiting from a new approach to architectural historical studies that understands the importance of apparently 'extra-architectural' information for the interpretation and explanation of architecture proper, Martin uncovers the interface between the organization of knowledge and business and the organization of the architectural firm and design practice."--Anthony Vidler, Dean, School of Architecture, The Cooper UnionFrom the Publisher:
This is a historical and theoretical analysis of corporate architecture in the United States after World War II. Its title refers to the aesthetic and technological extension of the military-industrial complex, in which architecture, computers and corporations formed a network of objects, images and discourses that realigned social relations and transformed the postwar landscape. In-depth case studies of architect Eero Saarinen's work for General Motors, IBM and Bell Laboratories and analyses of office buildings designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill trace the emergence of a systems-based model of organization in architecture, in which the modular curtain wall acts as both an organizational device and a carrier of the corporate image. Such an image - of the corporation as a flexible, integrated system - is seen to correspond with a "humanization" of corporate life, as corporations decentralize both spatially and administratively. Parallel analyses follow the assimilation of cybernetics into aesthetics in the writings of artist and visual theorist Gyorgy Kepes, as art merges with techno-science in the service of a dynamic new "pattern-seeing". Image and system thus converge in the organizational complex, while top-down power dissolves into networked, pattern-based control. Architecture, as one among many media technologies, supplies the patterns - images of organic integration designed to regulate new and unstable human-machine assemblages.
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Descripción The MIT Press, 2003. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 262134268
Descripción The MIT Press, 2003. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110262134268
Descripción The MIT Press, 2003. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0262134268
Descripción The MIT Press, 2003. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0262134268