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Karatani, Kojin...Architecture as Metaphor

Karatani, Kojin...Architecture as Metaphor



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project of the Anyone CorporationEarth Moves: The Furnishing of Territories
 Bernard Cache,
Architecture as Metaphor: Language, Number, Money
Kojin Karatani, 1991r
mbridge, Masachusens
London, England
Number, Money
Kojin Karatani began his career as a literary critic inJapan; both of his works so far translated intoEnglish,
Origins of Modern Japanese Literature
andthe present volume,
 Architecture as Metaphor,
were originally published in literary journals.Karatani once told me with a wry smile thatthe first editions of this book were dis
played in the
sectionof some bookstores and took a while tobe relocated into the
ophy section. Even though his offi
cial status is
literary critic,
hetackles issues from a broad spec
Map of Crises
trum of domains includingphilosophy, logic, politicaleconomy, cultural anthro
pology, sociology, andurban studies.
assumethat bookshops having trou
ble categorizing
as Metaphor 
might have placed itaccording to the title; architec
ture is often included in the
(rather than cul
ture) section in Japan.In a roundabout way this episodesheds light on Karatani's idiosyncraticstance. He is totally indifferent to the terri
torialities of today's scholastic subjects, which,though categorized arbitrarily, neverthelesshave ended up constructing their own ivory tow
ers and forming immutable and untrespassableboundaries; his writing traverses these boundaries asif they never existed. Unlike many multidisciplinarygeneralists who travel the horizontal strata, he

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Barie Fez-Barringten Is the originator (founder) of “Architecture: the making of metaphors(architecture as the making of metaphors)" First lecture at Yale University in 1967 First published in 1971 in the peer reviewed learned journal:"Main Currents in Modern Thought"; In 1970, founded New York City not-for-profit called Laboratories for Metaphoric Environments (LME) and has been widely published
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Architecture: The Making of Metaphors Author: Barie Fez-Barringten Date Of Publication: Feb 2012 Isbn13: 978-1-4438-3517-6 Isbn: 1-4438-3517-X The authors writings are based on his lecture series presented in 1968 at Yale University called “Architecture: The Making of Metaphors” which was then published in part in Main Currents in Modern Thought, then in many other journals in
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