Architecture in Everyday Life
For most architects, architecture is not only art, craft, passion and engagement; it is their ‘bread-and-butter’, too, and has been so since long. Architecture, consciously or unconsciously, is also the ‘bread-and-butter’ of communities across the world: successfully or unsuccessfully it is part of the daily lives of ordinary women and men. Yet practitioners, theoreticians and historians of architecture often disregard the more quotidian side of the discipline, a neglect that is inversely proportional to its importance in the production of the built environment. John Summerson’s writings – particularly his wartime ‘Bread & Butter and Architecture’ essay, a call to arms for effective salaried architects – are the motto and the guiding thread for our exploration of the position of everyday practices in twentieth-century architecture. In this introduction we look at the ‘bread-and-butter’ side of the architecture profession and at how it has modulated throughout time, highlighting the ways in which the exceptional set of articles that make up this issue of Footprint substantially extend the scope and reach of our ‘bread-and-butter’ activities.
Awan, Nishat, Tatjana Schneider, and Jeremy Till. Spatial Agency: Other Ways of Doing Architecture. Routledge Chapman & Hall, 2011.
Bacon, Mardges. ‘Le Corbusier and Postwar America: The TVA and Béton Brut’. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 74, no. 1 (2015): 13–40.
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Goad, Philip. 'Genius and Bureaucracy: Hitchcock, Summerson and Post-War Modern Architecture.' In Summerson and Hitchcock: Centenary Essays on Architectural Historiography, edited by Frank Salmon, 281-311. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2006.
Hatch, C. Richard. ‘Introduction’. In The Scope of Social Architecture, edited by C. Richard Hatch, 3–10. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1984.
Hitchcock, Henry-Russell. 'The Architecture of Bureaucracy and the Architecture of Genius.' The Architectural Review (1947): 3-6.
Jackson, Neil. 'John Summerson and the View from the Outside.' In Summerson and Hitchcock: Centenary Essays on Architectural Historiography, edited by Frank Salmon, 263-80. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2006.
Saint, Andrew. The Image of the Architect. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1983.
Schneider, Tatjana, and Jeremy Till. ‘Beyond Discourse: Notes on Spatial Agency’. Footprint 2, no. 4 (Spring 2009): 97–111.
Summerson, John. 'Bread & Butter and Architecture.' Horizon. A Review of Literature and Art VI, no. 34 (1942): 233-43.
Thomson, Alistair. 'Memory and Remembering in Oral History.' In The Oxford Handbook of Oral History, edited by Donald A. Ritchie, 77-95. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
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