By : WADe Bureau | 17 May 2018 | TRENDING WADe TOPICS
Book Launches at WADe Asia 2017: Anuradha Chatterjee
Title: John Ruskin and the Fabric of Architecture (2017)
Author: Anuradha Chatterjee
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Through the theoretical lenses of dress studies, gender, science, and visual studies, this volume analyses the impact John Ruskin has had on architecture throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It explores Ruskin’s different ideologies, such as the adorned wall veil, which were instrumental in bringing focus to structures that were previously unconsidered. John Ruskin and the Fabric of Architecture examine the ways in which Ruskin perceives the evolution of architecture through the idea that architecture is surface. The creative act in architecture, analogous to the divine act of creation, was viewed as a form of dressing. By adding highly aesthetic features to designs, taking inspiration from the ‘veil’ of women’s clothing, Ruskin believed that buildings could be transformed into meaningful architecture. This volume discusses the importance of Ruskin’s surface theory and the myth of feminine architecture, and additionally presents a competing theory of textile analogy in architecture based on morality and gender to counter Gottfried Semper’s historicist perspective. This book would be beneficial to students and academics of architectural history and theory, gender studies and visual studies who wish to delve into Ruskin’s theories and to further understand his capacity for thinking beyond the historical methods. The book will also be of interest to architectural practitioners, particularly Ruskin’s theory of surface architecture.
This volume discusses the importance of Ruskin’s surface theory and the myth of feminine architecture
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr Chatterjee is an Indian-Australian academic, author, and designer based in Sydney, Australia. After completing a professional degree in Architecture from the TVB School of Habitat Studies, she completed Masters in Architectural History and Theory and a PhD in Built Environment from the University of New South Wales. Dr Chatterjee has authored three books–John Ruskin and the Fabric of Architecture, Routledge, 2017; Built, Unbuilt, and Imagined Sydney, COPAL Publishing, New Delhi, 2014; and Surface and Deep Histories: Critiques, and Practices in Art, Architecture, and Design, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK, 2013. She has also won a number of prestigious grants like the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art: Publication Grant (Author) and Research Support Grant; Stones of Venice Grant, Ruskin Library, Lancaster University as well as the David Saunders Grant Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand.
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