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Timothy Hyde is a historian of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose research focuses on the political dimensions of architecture from the eighteenth century to the present, with a particular attention to relationships of architecture and law. His most recent book is Ugliness and Judgment: On Architecture in the Public Eye (Princeton University Press, 2019), and he is also the author of Constitutional Modernism: Architecture and Civil Society in Cuba, 1933-1959 (University of Minnesota Press, 2012). Hyde is a founding member of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative and is one of the editors of the first Aggregate book, Governing by Design. His writings have also appeared in numerous journals, including Perspecta, Log, El Croquis, The Journal of Architecture, the Journal of Architectural Education, arq, Future Anterior, Architecture Theory Review, and Thresholds.
A pivotal work of architectural history. Summerson reveals how the emergence of a style that will become identified with the city itself is inseparable from the social and economic dimensions of architecture. He explains the ways in which the aesthetic characteristics of architecture in Georgian London actually had their origins in social and economic determinations, such as economic necessity or social desirability.
A peculiar and little-known work of architectural theory. Collins asks, how do we make aesthetic judgments about architecture, how do we make other kinds of judgments about architecture? He offers a lengthy comparison between legal judgment and architectural judgment in hopes of defining new, rational principles of architectural evaluation.
It is easy to wonder whether the aesthetic dimensions of architecture are separate from more pressing issues of inequity, scarcity, and social violence. But the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, and the inquiry that has unfolded in its wake, reveal the degree to which aesthetic matters are woven into economic, material, and legal considerations in architecture.