Andri Gerber / Brent Patterson (eds.)

Metaphors in Architecture and Urbanism

An Introduction

Architecture and urbanism seem to be »weak« disciplines, constantly struggling for a better understanding of their nature and disciplinary borders. The huge amount of metaphors appearing in the discourse of both not only reference to their creative nature but also indicate their weakness and the missing piece strengthening their own understanding: a definition of space for architecture and of city for urbanism. But using metaphors in this field implies a problem – though metaphors achieve to bring opposites together, there remains the question how literal they can actually become in order to relate to these subjects properly. In this volume, several authors from various fields using different approaches discuss this question.


Andri Gerber (PhD) is Senior lecturer in history of urbanism at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland). From 2000-2002 he worked for Peter Eisenman in New York, from 2008-2011 he was Associate professor at Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris and head of the postgraduate programme »Mutations urbaines« with Ghorayeb and Sautereau.
Brent Patterson, architect, is working on a PhD in philosophy at Paris 8. He teaches history and theory courses at architecture schools in Paris including the Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture (ESA), where he is an associate professor.

Andri Gerber: ETH Zürich

Architecture, Urban Studies, Literature, Philosophy, Sociology, Film Theory

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An Introduction


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