Jeffrey Kipnis

Jeffrey Kipnis is a Professor of Architectural Design and Theory at The Ohio State University.

  • A Question of Qualities

    A Question of Qualities

    Essays in Architecture

    Jeffrey Kipnis and Alexander Maymind

    Essays on contemporary architecture that are less about making critical judgments than about explication, exegesis, and provocation.

    Jeffrey Kipnis's writing, thinking, and teaching casts architecture as both an intellectual discourse and a lived, affective experience. His essays on contemporary architects are less about making critical judgments than about explication, exegesis, and provocation. In these eleven essays, written between 1990 and 2008, he considers projects, concepts, and buildings by some of the most recognized architects working today, with special attention to the productions of affect. He explores “intuition” in the work of Morphosis, “exhilaration” in Coop Himmelb(l)au, “freedom” in the work of Rem Koolhaas and OMA, “magic” in Steven Holl's buildings, and “anxiety” in Rafael Moneo's writing about contemporary architecture.

    Kipnis's deft integration of art, critical theory, philosophy, pop culture, classical music, and science—what the volume's editor Alexander Maymind calls “ancillary material”—into a rigorous architectural theory and criticism makes A Question of Qualities an exemplar of a new way to write about architecture. It is also a distinct pleasure to read. Kipnis transcends the fractious intellectual climate in architecture, stepping outside the boundaries mandated by the vast specialized criteria that the discipline now claims to address. The essays in this volume demonstrate a style of writing that is not so much about architecture as it is an affect of architecture itself.

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  • Strategies in Architectural Thinking

    Strategies in Architectural Thinking

    Richard Burdett, Jeffrey Kipnis, and John Whiteman

    The authors of these original essays - emerging architectural and cultural critics and practitioners - are engaged in the act of writing back at architecture, heralding the prospect of new conditions, possibilities, and purposes of practice. Tying their work together is the idea that architecture and architectural thinking are inextricably cultural in construction and effect. The essayists suggest that the once supposed autonomy of architecture is an illusion, at best a suspect quality, at worst a mask on a series of transactions and false stabilities that architecture ensures in a culture. Each writer depicts certain operations of power in architecture, aiming the line of a text against it or threading the written line through architecture.

    EssaysArchitecture Gender Philosophy, Ann Bergren • Minor Architectural Possibilities, Jennifer Bloomer • Intimacy and Spectacle, Beatriz Colomina • Inscribing the Subject of Modernism: The Posthumanist Theory of Ludwig Hilbersiemer, Michael Hays • The Burdens of Linearity, Catherine Ingraham • Forms of Irrationality, Jeffrey Kipnis • Spatial Narratives, Mark Rakatansky • Frank Lloyd Wright at the Midway, Robert Segrest • Do You See What I Mean? John Whiteman • Translations of Architecture: The Production of Babel, Mark Wigley • Body Troubles, Robert McAnulty • Architectural Theory is No Disciplines, Mark Linder • "Being and Nothinness," Doug Graf

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