The Meaning of the Built Environment: A Nonverbal Communication Approach

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University of Arizona Press, 1982 - Architecture - 253 pages
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Rapoport is concerned with the meanings which buildings, their contents, and their inhabitants convey, and the conclusions which can be drawn therefrom for procedures of architectural design to satisfy the people who will ultimately live in these buildings. . . . A challenging book on a subject that has had insufficient attention in the past.—Man and Environment

"Fills a significant gap: it introduces the notion of environmental meaning so clearly that no reader will doubt the basic premise that the environment holds meaning as part of a cultural system of symbols, and influences our actions and our determinations of social order."—Design Book Review

"This is the second edition of a book first published in 1982. . . . Enthusiastic and inquiring as the reader is brought into the writer's thought processes."—Progress in Human Geography (England)

"It has merits not to be found in any other book in this much-discussed and little understood subject, to wit: it is short, it is simple, and it is useful. It is even, in parts, entertaining....a book which will help architects to do their job better." —Architecture Australia

  

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Contents

Preface
9
The Study of Meaning
35
Preliminary Considerations
55
Nonverbal Communication and Environmental Meaning
87
SmallScale Examples of Applications
123
Urban Examples of Applications
137
Environment Meaning and Communication
177
Conclusion
197
Epilogue
219
Index
249
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