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Fiction/non-fiction, or: Myth and the architect's architecture


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Brown, A and Steen, AP ORCID: 0000-0001-8483-4421 2018 , 'Fiction/non-fiction, or: Myth and the architect's architecture' , Knowledge Cultures, vol. 6, no. 2 , pp. 76-95 , doi: 10.22381/KC6220186.

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Architecture is constructed not only in its images of objects, but also in itsidealization of authorship. While the one–to–one association of Architect with “their”Architecture perpetuates the illusion of the discipline’s agency and fosters impossibleexpectations of absolute control, broadly speaking, the originary and utopian impulseremains a fundamental component of an architect’s identity. The following paper confrontsthe largely unelaborated myths of the Architect’s Architecture presented by architecturaldiscourse by way of three exaggerated Architectural figures depicted in works of fiction:Howard Roark (The Fountainhead), Stourley Kracklite (The Belly of an Architect) and TheArchitect (The Matrix trilogy). More specifically, the paper uses these heroic/antiheroicfigures to explore three alternative relations of “Architect” to “their Architecture”. As such,the discussion performs two functions: it tests the fictionality of fictional and non-fictionalconstructs that reinforce and personify the myth of Architectural authorship, measuringfictional figures against non-fictional figures; and it presents an heuristic, offering both aperspective on the history of twentieth century architecture, and a means with which tonegotiate cultural positioning in the ongoing present.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Brown, A and Steen, AP
Keywords: the figure of the Architect; architectural authorship; fictional architects; modernist architects
Journal or Publication Title: Knowledge Cultures
Publisher: Addleton Academic Publishers
ISSN: 2327-5731
DOI / ID Number: 10.22381/KC6220186
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