The beauty of building 20

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I argue that it is possible to find beauty in visually unremarkable, but exemplary utilitarian buildings such as MIT's Building 20. I draw on the philosopher Immanuel Kant's theory of 'adherent beauty' as a model for judging such buildings, not just as good or useful, but furthermore, as beautiful. This, I shall argue, is to judge as beautiful the confluence of the various aspects of the building.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-31
Number of pages13
JournalArchitectural Theory Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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