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Materials and Meaning in Architecture

Materials and Meaning in Architecture

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About the Book

Interweaving architecture, philosophy and cultural history, Materials and Meaning in Architecture develops a rich and multi-dimensional exploration of materials and materiality, in an age when architectural practice seems otherwise preoccupied with image and visual representation.

Arguing that architecture is primarily experienced by the whole body, rather than chiefly with the eyes, this broad-ranging study shows how the most engaging built works are as tactile as they are sensuous, communicating directly with the bodily senses, especially touch. It explores the theme of 'material imagination' and the power of establishing 'place identity' in an architect's work, to consider the enduring expressive possibilities of material use in architecture.

The book's chapters can be dipped into, each individual chapter providing close readings of built works by selected modern masters (Scarpa, Zumthor, Williams and Tsien), insights into key texts and theories (Ruskin, Loos, Bachelard), or short cultural histories of materials (wood, brick, concrete, steel, and glass). And yet, taken together, the chapters build to a powerful book-length argument about how meaning accrues to materials through time, and about the need to reinsert the bodily experience of materiality into architectural design. It is thus also, in part, a manifesto: arguing for architecture to act as a bulwark against the tide of an increasingly depersonalised built environment.

With insights for a wide range of readers, ranging from students through to researchers and professional designers, Materials and Meaning in Architecture will cause theorists to rethink their assumptions and designers to see new potential for their projects.

About the Author: Nathaniel Coleman is a reader in History and Theory of Architecture at Newcastle University, UK. He previously taught in the US, and practiced architecture in New York City and Rome. He is the author of Lefebvre for Architects (2015), Utopias and Architecture (2005), and editor of Imagining and Making the World: Reconsidering Architecture and Utopia (2011).

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781474287753
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
  • Publisher Imprint: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
  • Height: 231 mm
  • No of Pages: 336
  • Spine Width: 20 mm
  • Width: 155 mm
  • ISBN-10: 1474287751
  • Publisher Date: 20 Feb 2020
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Weight: 614 gr

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