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Clear, Nic (2014) Architecture. In: Latham, Rob, (ed.) Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction. Oxford University Press, USA, New York, US, pp. 277-290. ISBN 9780199838844

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When discussing science fiction’s relationship with architecture, the usual practice is to look at the architecture “in” science fiction—in particular, the architecture in SF films (see Kuhn 75-143) since the spaces of literary SF present obvious difficulties as they have to be imagined. In this essay, that relationship will be reversed: I will instead discuss science fiction “in” architecture, mapping out a number of architectural movements and projects that can be viewed explicitly as science fiction. It is not my contention that the concept of science fiction should be applied to every aspect of architectural production; however, the domination of the architectural profession by conservative, even reactionary views of the built environment as simply an extension of late capitalism needs to be critiqued, and the possibilities afforded by an engagement with the discourse of science fiction is therefore much needed.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Architecture; Science fiction; Utopia
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
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