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Radical Infrastructure? A New Realism and Materialism in Philosophy and Architecture

Joel McKim

Dr Joel McKim is director of the Vasari Research Centre in Art and Technology and co-director of the BA programme in Media and Culture at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Missed Encounter of Radical Philosophy with Architecture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...One of the most notable developments in architectural thought over the past decade has been the ascendance of infrastructural concerns within the theory and practice of the discipline. Contemporary architecture has increasingly shifted its...

Craftsmanship and Quality in Artisanal Cheesemaking

Food and Architecture : At the Table

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...A few years ago, a wine shop opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts, featuring a cheese counter specializing in domestic artisanal wares. Walking into the shop one afternoon, I found the cheesemonger surrounded by co-workers seeking to learn...

Authenticating Dungeons, Whitewashing Castles: The Former Sites of the Slave Trade on the Ghanaian Coast

Architecture and Tourism : Perception, Performance and Place

Berg, 2004

Book chapter

...For centuries, the castles and forts of coastal Ghana have been important sites of African-European contact and centers of cultural exchange. Built between 1482 and 1784 by rival European nations, these rare examples of late medieval...

John Hejduk and Samuel Beckett: Going on, in silence and lateness

The Place of Silence : Architecture / Media / Philosophy

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

Book chapter

...Silence, as a theme, is related to lateness. Such is the lesson that has been drawn from Theodor W. Adorno’s assertion, made in the aftermath of the Second World War, that ‘To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric. And this corrodes even...

Connections and Conflicts: Margaret Bourke-White’s Corporate, Commercial, and Documentary Photography

Corporate Patronage of Art & Architecture in the United States, Late 19th Century to the Present

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

Book chapter

...William Stott, Documentary Expression and Thirties America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1973), 270.Her technique overdramatizes virtually everything she treats. She shoots from bizarre angles and in operatic lights. She...

Incorporated Philanthropy: The General Education Board, Abraham Flexner, and the Architecture of American Medical Schools

Corporate Patronage of Art & Architecture in the United States, Late 19th Century to the Present

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

Book chapter

...In 1903, John D. Rockefeller Sr. founded the General Education Board (GEB). Entirely separate from Rockefeller’s business undertakings at Standard Oil, the GEB represented a corporate philanthropy, a philanthropic foundation that modeled...