Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths presents many ignored and inconvenient contingencies of postmodernist architectural practice. Traces of these external forces are often left in forgotten documents, the salvage of ordinary processes, and assembling them together disturbs the smooth maintenance of the myths of architectural autonomy. Looking beyond the North America, the series Meanwhile, in… considers the role of changed contexts in shaping postmodernisms elsewhere, by assembling case studies from other countries, with other cultural concerns and other contingencies.
Kurt W. Forster presents his new book Schinkel: A Meander through his Life and Work, a portrait of nineteenth-century German architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel as deeply attuned to the upheavals of his time. Forster shows how Schinkel’s life and work was paradigmatic of the tentative emergence of modern architecture, the development of a new understanding of the work of the architect, and the changing relationship between architects and the state. Kurt W. Forster is an architectural historian, curator and writer. He has taught at Stanford, MIT, the ETH, and Yale, and has held key roles at the Getty and at the CCA.