Jackson Center director’s first book available for sale

August 8th, 2017 Comments Off on Jackson Center director’s first book available for sale


The publisher, Routledge, describes the book as follows: “Architecture History and Theory in Reverse looks at architecture history in reverse, in order to follow chains of precedents back through time to see how ideas alter the course of civilization in general and the discipline of architecture in particular. Part I begins with present-day attitudes about architecture and traces them back to seminal ideas from the beginning of the twentieth century. Part II examines how pre-twentieth-century societies designed and understood architecture, how they strove to create communal physical languages and how their disagreements set the stage for our information age practices. The book includes 45 black-and-white images and will be useful to students of architecture and literature.”

Callender, a 1994 School of Architecture alumnus, teaches advanced design studios at the Jackson Center, which houses the School of Architecture’s fith-year program. He is also an occasional practitioner, painter and writer who is a member of both the Society of Architectural Historians and a regional board member of the US Green Building Council. Callender’s educational background underscores this range of interests and concerns, from undergraduate training in both architecture and philosophy (1987-1994) to graduate work in painting, sculpture and art history leading to an MFA in 2001. His subsequent research interests at first seem varied in equal measure – ranging from phenomenological studies of desire, to analyses of the role of perception and meaning in sustainable urbanism, to questioning the impact of shifts from meaning to information paradigms on the evolution of architecture theory and practice.

“All of this research aims at deepening our understanding of how meaning is constructed and shared in and through the built environment,” said Callender.

Architecture History and Theory in Reverse is now available for purchase online and can be found at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Books a Million, among others.

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