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Architecture Depends by Jeremy Till : SAMPLE CHAPTER : introduction - the elevator pitch

Architecture Depends by Jeremy Till : SAMPLE CHAPTER : introduction - the elevator pitch

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Architecture depends—on what? On people, time, politics, ethics, mess: the real world. Architecture, Jeremy Till argues with conviction in this engaging, sometimes pugnacious book, cannot help itself; it is dependent for its very existence on things outside itself. Despite the claims of autonomy, purity, and control that architects like to make about their practice, architecture is buffeted by uncertainty and contingency. Circumstances invariably intervene to upset the architect's best-laid plans—at every stage in the process, from design through construction to occupancy. Architects, however, tend to deny this, fearing contingency and preferring to pursue perfection. With Architecture Depends, architect and critic Jeremy Till offers a proposal for rescuing architects from themselves: a way to bridge the gap between what architecture actually is and what architects want it to be. Mixing anecdote, design, social theory, and personal experience, Till's writing is always accessible, moving freely between high and low registers, much like his suggestions for architecture itself.
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Architecture depends—on what? On people, time, politics, ethics, mess: the real world. Architecture, Jeremy Till argues with conviction in this engaging, sometimes pugnacious book, cannot help itself; it is dependent for its very existence on things outside itself. Despite the claims of autonomy, purity, and control that architects like to make about their practice, architecture is buffeted by uncertainty and contingency. Circumstances invariably intervene to upset the architect's best-laid plans—at every stage in the process, from design through construction to occupancy. Architects, however, tend to deny this, fearing contingency and preferring to pursue perfection. With Architecture Depends, architect and critic Jeremy Till offers a proposal for rescuing architects from themselves: a way to bridge the gap between what architecture actually is and what architects want it to be. Mixing anecdote, design, social theory, and personal experience, Till's writing is always accessible, moving freely between high and low registers, much like his suggestions for architecture itself.

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Jeremy Till

The MIT Press
Cambridge, Massachusetts
London, England

ARCHITECTURE DEPENDS
\u00a9 2009 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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This book was set in Scala and Scala Sans by Graphic Composition, Inc. Printed and
bound in the United States of America.
Library of Congress Cataloging- in- Publication Data
Till, Jeremy.
Architecture depends / Jeremy Till.

p. cm.
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 978-0-262-01253-9 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1. Architecture\u2014Philosophy. 2. Architectural practice. I. Title.

NA2540.T55 2009
720.1\u2014dc22
2008029578
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
The Elevator Pitch
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The essential argument of this book is straightforward. During the course

of its writing, people have often asked, \u201cWhat is it about, Jeremy?\u201d
\u201cShort or long?\u201d I ask.
\u201cThe elevator pitch, between \ufb02oors.\u201d

So, getting in on the ground \ufb02 oor, I say: \u201cIt is based on two premises. First, architecture is a dependent discipline. Second, architecture, as profes- sion and practice, does everything to resist that very dependency. The book explores that resistance.\u201d

By this stage we are at the \ufb01 rst \ufb02 oor.
\u201cSo, what do you mean by dependency?\u201d

\u201cI mean,\u201d looking at the indicator clicking from 1 to 2, \u201cthat architecture at every stage of its existence\u2014from design through construction to occu- pation\u2014is bu=eted by external forces. Other people, circumstances, and events intervene to upset the architect\u2019s best- laid plans. These forces are, to a greater or lesser extent, beyond the direct control of the architect. Archi- tecture is thus shaped more by external conditions than by the internal pro- cesses of the architect. Architecture is de\ufb01 ned by its very contingency, by its very uncertainty in the face of these outside forces.\u201d

\u201cBut that is kind of obvious,\u201d my elevator companion says, \u201cso what is
the big idea?\u201d

\u201cNo big idea, but maybe a big problem, namely architects tend to deny this dependency. They feel more comfortable in a world of certain predic- tions, in linear method, in the pursuit of perfection.\u201d

\u201cBut that\u2019s kind of obvious too. Doesn\u2019t sound like much of a book if it
just states two truisms.\u201d
He has hit a nerve here. I have wondered for years why others never
mention an argument that I think is obvious. Is it because it isso obvious
Introduction : The Elevator Pitch

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