Brookes scholarship in the same university for the year 2009.
I) The Name of the Book.II) Objectives.III) Content.1) Several Books in One.2) Map of the Book.IV) This Chapter's Bibliography.V) General Bibliography of the Five Chapters.VI) The Author.
I) The Name of the Book.
This book is on Architectural History. History is not merely a narration of the past in which thehistorian justifies ideologies but a provision of non-restrictive views which establish a net of connections among historical lines and plateaus of History. My view does not establish points butcontinuities. History is a plateau, an unrestricted scenario of multiple combinations in which criticalconnections are possible, as follows the theory of 'Rhizomes' by Deleuze and Guattari (depicted inthe book that has the same name).The name of the book, ‘Histories=Plateaus’, alludes the relationship existent between both terms.The ‘=’ sign opens a process in which one of the terms must move in order to become the other.Hence, to keep the equivalence the relation has to be more than mimetic, as if the title were‘History~Plateau’ (that would be read as ‘History similar to Plateau’, in which there is a partialequivalence). The ‘=’ sign implies that one term of the equivalence has to move in order toaccomplish the identity of the other. The equivalence in this case denotes movement. History isalways in movement and in permanent transformation. Furthermore, the content of the book discovers new relationships that have the capacity of influencing the present and the future.The book supports the concept of Modern and Contemporary Architectural History as a transverserather than lineal field through references to the oeuvre of architectural practices whose thought isquoted. Through comparison, the oeuvre of outstanding authors is mentioned as example of theevolution of concepts in different times and spaces.Writing a book that may be arranged in different sequences establishes a whole that precludesrigidity and definition. Hence, the book suggests through configurations the connections in theinfinite plateau that History is. Being primordially social, History follows the trace of socialrelationships as a plateau too. In this sense, I propose five essays (which constitute the chapters of the book ) in which the definition of the concept of Rhizomatic History profiles through the book'sconfigurations, numeric and diagrammatic sequences of movements.