Experiencing Architecture

Author: Steen Eiler Rasmussen

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262680028

Category: Architecture

Page: 245

View: 8482

A classic examination of superb design through the centuries.

Experiencing Architecture in the Nineteenth Century

Buildings and Society in the Modern Age

Author: Edward Gillin,H. Horatio Joyce

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350045969

Category: Architecture

Page: 264

View: 474

Bringing together fourteen original essays, this collection opens up new perspectives on the architectural history of the nineteenth century by examining the buildings of the period through the lens of 'experience'. With a focus on the experience of the ordinary building user – rather than simply on the intentions of the designer – the book shows that new and important insights can be brought to our understanding of Victorian architecture. The chapters present a range of ideas and new research – some examining individual building case studies (from grand hotels and clubhouses in New York to the parliament buildings of Westminster), and others exploring conceptual questions about the nature of architectural experience, whether sensory or otherwise. Yet they share the premise that the idea of the 'experience of architecture' took on a new and particular significance with the rise of industrial modernity, and they examine what contemporary people – both architects and non-architects – understood by this idea. The insights in this volume extend beyond the study of Victorian architecture. Together they suggest how 'experience' might be used as a framework to produce a more convincingly historical account of the artefacts of architectural history.

Spaces Speak, Are You Listening?

Experiencing Aural Architecture

Author: Barry Blesser,Linda-Ruth Salter

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262250705

Category: Architecture

Page: 456

View: 447

We experience spaces not only by seeing but also by listening. We can navigate a room in the dark, and "hear" the emptiness of a house without furniture. Our experience of music in a concert hall depends on whether we sit in the front row or under the balcony. The unique acoustics of religious spaces acquire symbolic meaning. Social relationships are strongly influenced by the way that space changes sound. In Spaces Speak, Are You Listening?, Barry Blesser and Linda-Ruth Salter examine auditory spatial awareness: experiencing space by attentive listening. Every environment has an aural architecture.The audible attributes of physical space have always contributed to the fabric of human culture, as demonstrated by prehistoric multimedia cave paintings, classical Greek open-air theaters, Gothic cathedrals, acoustic geography of French villages, modern music reproduction, and virtual spaces in home theaters. Auditory spatial awareness is a prism that reveals a culture's attitudes toward hearing and space. Some listeners can learn to "see" objects with their ears, but even without training, we can all hear spatial geometry such as an open door or low ceiling.Integrating contributions from a wide range of disciplines -- including architecture, music, acoustics, evolution, anthropology, cognitive psychology, audio engineering, and many others -- Spaces Speak, Are You Listening? establishes the concepts and language of aural architecture. These concepts provide an interdisciplinary guide for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of how space enhances our well-being. Aural architecture is not the exclusive domain of specialists. Accidentally or intentionally, we all function as aural architects.

How Architecture Works

A Humanist's Toolkit

Author: Witold Rybczynski

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0374211744

Category: Architecture

Page: 355

View: 1276

Provides tools to understanding the beauty, art, and function in architecture through descriptive visits to opera houses, museums, war memorials, and a private retreat.

Thermal Delight in Architecture

Author: Lisa Heschong

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262580397

Category: Architecture

Page: 78

View: 7900

Considerations given to thermal qualities in the design and construction of buildings worldwide and throughout history are examined in an attempt to show the importance of thermal qualities in effective building design

Body, Memory, and Architecture

Author: Kent C. Bloomer,Charles Willard Moore

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300021429

Category: Architecture

Page: 147

View: 8714

Traces the significance of the human body in architecture from its early place as the divine organizing principle to its present near elimination

Understanding Architecture

Its Elements, History, and Meaning

Author: Leland M. Roth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 042997521X

Category: Architecture

Page: 816

View: 691

This widely acclaimed, beautifully illustrated survey of Western architecture is now fully revised throughout, including essays on non-Western traditions. The expanded book vividly examines the structure, function, history, and meaning of architecture in ways that are both accessible and engaging.Significant features of the third edition include: Increased global coverage, with new essays on Africa, Japan, China, India, Islamic architecture, and the architecture of the Americas. A new chapter covering twenty-first century architecture. Updated coverage of sustainable and green architecture and its impact on design. Revised historical survey and expanded and illustrated timeline. Thoroughly revised and expanded art program, including more than 650 black and white images?135 new to this edition, and more than 200 line art drawings created by author Leland Roth. A new 32-page, full color insert features more than 50 new color images.Understanding Architecture continues to be the only text in the field to examine architecture as a cultural phenomenon as well as an artistic and technological achievement with its straightforward, two-part structure: The Elements of Architecture and The History and Meaning of Architecture. Comprehensive and clearly written, Understanding Architecture is a classic survey of architecture.

Invisible Architecture

Experiencing Places Through the Sense of Smell

Author: Anna Barbara,Anthony Perliss

Publisher: Skira - Berenice

ISBN: 9788876242670

Category: Architecture

Page: 223

View: 5741

The first publication to fully explore the relationship between scent and architecture. It focuses less on architectural form and more on the materials used and their inherent properties. This original book maps out places and scents from around the world, in architecture throughout the ages, accompanied by expert noses: celebrated architects, avant-garde artists and scientists who research perception.

The Experience of Architecture

Author: Henry Plummer

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 0500773653

Category: Architecture

Page: 288

View: 506

A thought-provoking consideration of how architecture, from a doorknob to a city plan, can influence human behavior How does the experience of turning a door handle, opening a door from one space into another, affect us? It is no wonder that the door, one of the most elemental architectural forms, has such metaphorical richness. But even on a purely physical human level, the cold touch of a brass handle or the swish of a sliding screen gives rise to an emotional reaction, sometimes modest, occasionally profound. This book aims to understand how these everyday acts are influenced by architectural form, a concept that is vital for all architects to grasp. It considers how specifically built elements and volumes, taken from a wide array of buildings and settings around the world, can affect our powers of decision. From hand-carved stairs in Greek villages to free-floating catwalks, from the elegant processional steps of Renaissance Italy to Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterly manipulation of form, all provide very different experiences of stepping from one level to the next, and all affect our experience of that space. Seamlessly integrating text and image, each chapter focuses on a different aspect of our daily interactions with architecture, looking at stairs, floors and paths, moving interior spaces, perception and perspective, transparency and the relationship between a building and its setting. This book is not just for architects and designers engaged in the production of space, but for all those who seek a richer understanding of their place in the built world.

Architect?

A Candid Guide to the Profession

Author: Roger K. Lewis

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262518848

Category: Architecture

Page: 325

View: 1971

Since 1985, Architect? has been an essential text for aspiring architects, offering the best basic guide to the profession available. This third edition has been substantially revised and rewritten, with new material covering the latest developments in architectural and construction technologies, digital methodologies, new areas of focus in teaching and practice, evolving aesthetic philosophies, sustainability and green architecture, and alternatives to traditional practice. Architect? tells the inside story of architectural education and practice; it is realistic, unvarnished, and insightful. Chapter 1 asks "Why Be an Architect?" and chapter 2 offers reasons "Why Not to Be an Architect." After this provocative beginning, Architect? goes on to explain and critique architectural education, covering admission, degree and curriculum types, and workload as well as such post-degree options as internship, teaching, and work in related fields. It offers a detailed discussion of professors and practitioners and the "-isms" and "-ologies" most prevalent in teaching and practicing architecture. It explains how an architect works and gets work, and describes architectural services from initial client contact to construction oversight. The new edition also includes a generous selection of drawings and cartoons from the author's Washington Post column, "Shaping the City," offering teachable moments wittily in graphic form. The author, Roger Lewis, has taught, practiced, and written extensively about architecture for many years. In Architect? he explains -- for students, professors, practitioners, and even prospective clients -- how architects think and work and what they care about as they strive to make the built environment more commodious, more beautiful, and more sustainable.

The Eyes of the Skin

Architecture and the Senses

Author: Juhani Pallasmaa

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119941288

Category: Architecture

Page: 128

View: 7262

First published in 1996, The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory. For every new intake of students studying Pallasmaa's classic text, The Eyes of the Skin provides a totally fresh understanding of architecture and a new set of insights.

Kissing Architecture

Author: Sylvia Lavin

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400838387

Category: Architecture

Page: 136

View: 389

Kissing Architecture explores the mutual attraction between architecture and other forms of contemporary art. In this fresh, insightful, and beautifully illustrated book, renowned architectural critic and scholar Sylvia Lavin develops the concept of "kissing" to describe the growing intimacy between architecture and new types of art--particularly multimedia installations that take place in and on the surfaces of buildings--and to capture the sensual charge that is being designed and built into architectural surfaces and interior spaces today. Initiating readers into the guilty pleasures of architecture that abandons the narrow focus on function, Lavin looks at recent work by Pipilotti Rist, Doug Aitken, the firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and others who choose instead to embrace the viewer in powerful affects and visual and sensory atmospheres. Kissing Architecture is the first book in a cutting-edge new series of short, focused arguments written by leading critics, historians, theorists, and practitioners from the world of urban development and contemporary architecture and design. These books are intended to spark vigorous debate. They stake out the positions that will help shape the architecture and urbanism of tomorrow. Addressing one of the most spectacular and significant developments in the current cultural scene, Kissing Architecture is an entertainingly irreverent and disarmingly incisive book that offers an entirely new way of seeing--and experiencing--architecture in the age after representation.

Architecture Depends

Author: Jeremy Till

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262012537

Category: Architecture

Page: 254

View: 480

Polemics and reflections on how to bridge the gap between what architecture actually is and what architects want it to be.

How Buildings Work

The Natural Order of Architecture

Author: Edward Allen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190289902

Category: Architecture

Page: 288

View: 1959

Illustrated with hundreds of illuminating line drawings, this classic guide reveals virtually every secret of a building's function: how it stands up, keeps its occupants safe and comfortable, gets built, grows old, and dies--and why some buildings do this so much better than others. Drawing on things he's learned from the many buildings he himself designed (and in some cases built with his own hands), Edward Allen explains complex phenomena such as the role of the sun in heating buildings and the range of structural devices that are used for support, from trusses and bearing walls to post-tensioned concrete beams and corbeled vaults. He stresses the importance of intelligent design in dealing with such problems as overheating and overcooling, excessive energy use, leaky roofs and windows, fire safety, and noisy interiors. He serves up some surprises: thermal insulation is generally a better investment than solar collectors; board fences are not effective noise barriers; there's one type of window that can be left open during a rainstorm. The new edition emphasizes "green" architecture and eco-conscious design and construction. It features a prologue on sustainable construction, and includes new information on topics such as the collapse of the World Trade Center, sick building syndrome, and EIFS failures and how they could have been prevented. Allen also highlights the array of amazing new building materials now available, such as self-cleaning glass, photovoltaics, transparent ceramics, cloud gel, and super-high-strength concrete and structural fibers. Edward Allen makes it easy for everyone--from armchair architects and sidewalk superintendents to students of architecture and construction--to understand the mysteries and complexities of even the largest building, from how it recycles waste and controls the movement of air, to how it is kept alive and growing.

Experiencing Architecture in the Nineteenth Century

Buildings and Society in the Modern Age

Author: Edward Gillin,H. Horatio Joyce

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350045969

Category: Architecture

Page: 264

View: 8538

Bringing together fourteen original essays, this collection opens up new perspectives on the architectural history of the nineteenth century by examining the buildings of the period through the lens of 'experience'. With a focus on the experience of the ordinary building user – rather than simply on the intentions of the designer – the book shows that new and important insights can be brought to our understanding of Victorian architecture. The chapters present a range of ideas and new research – some examining individual building case studies (from grand hotels and clubhouses in New York to the parliament buildings of Westminster), and others exploring conceptual questions about the nature of architectural experience, whether sensory or otherwise. Yet they share the premise that the idea of the 'experience of architecture' took on a new and particular significance with the rise of industrial modernity, and they examine what contemporary people – both architects and non-architects – understood by this idea. The insights in this volume extend beyond the study of Victorian architecture. Together they suggest how 'experience' might be used as a framework to produce a more convincingly historical account of the artefacts of architectural history.

ABC of Architecture

Author: James F. O'Gorman

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812216318

Category: Architecture

Page: 127

View: 4858

Explains architectural structure and history, how to read design plans, and how architects make creative use of space and light.