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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2006

Rappel au désordre:Architectural Aesthetics Between the Performative and the Sublime

Hellström, Maria


An increasingly aestheticized society has inevitably changed architecture's role and function. By some enthusiastically embraced as a longed-for recognition of architecture's scenographic, artistic or entertaining potentials, this change has also given rise to a scepticism as to the role of slippery aesthetics and a subsequent recall of a more decent, tectonic "form power". But do architects necessarily have to be either uncritically engulfed by aesthetics or the obstinate defenders of a decent but boring alternative? A constructive answer to this question, however, requires a critique of aesthetics as formal or normative order, in favor of a performative view of aesthetics as a means to do justice to a 'disorderly' world


aestheticization processes; architectural aesthetics; art; the sublime; performativity; relational aesthetics

Published in

Nordisk Arkitekturforskning
2006, Volume: 4, pages: 15-24
Publisher: Föreniningen Nordisk Arkitekturforskning

UKÄ Subject classification

Landscape Architecture

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