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Crafting History : Archiving and the Quest for Architectural Legacy

Title
Crafting History : Archiving and the Quest for Architectural Legacy / Albena Yaneva.
ISBN
9781501751837
Publication
Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, [2020]
Copyright Notice Date
©2020
Physical Description
1 online resource (252 p.) : 20 b&w halftones
Local Notes
Access is available to the Yale community.
Notes
In English.
Access and use
Access restricted by licensing agreement.
Summary
What constitutes an archive in architecture? What forms does it take? What epistemology does it perform? What kind of craft is archiving? Crafting History provides answers and offers insights on the ontological granularity of the archive, and its relationship with architecture as a complex enterprise that starts and ends much beyond the act of building, or the life of a creator.We learn how objects are processed and catalogued, how a classification scheme is produced, how models and drawings are preserved, how born-digital material battles time and technology obsolescence. We capture archiving in its mundane, and practical course. We follow the work of conservators, librarians, cataloguers, digital archivists, museum technicians, curators, and architects.Based on ethnographic observation of the Canadian Centre for Architecture and interviews with a range of practitioners, including Álvaro Siza and Peter Eisenman, Yaneva traces archiving through the daily work and care of all its participants, scrutinizing their variable ontology, scale, and politics. Yaneva addresses the strategies employed by practicing architects to envisage an archive-based future, and tells a story about how architectural collections are crafted so as to form the epistemological basis of Architectural History.
Variant and related titles
De Gruyter University Press eBook pilot project 2020.
Format
Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
June 17, 2022
Series
Expertise: Cultures and Technologies of Knowledge
Contents
Frontmatter
Contents
Introduction: The Secret Life of Architectural Objects
1. Archive Fevers
2. Architecture and the "Fever" of Archiving
3. A Morning in the Vaults
4. Opening the Crates
5. Politics of Care
6. The Plot of Archiving
7. The Life of an Old Floppy Disk
Conclusion: Collections as Sites of Epistemological Reshuffle
Acknowledgments
Notes
References
Index
Citation

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