The Language of Space

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Routledge, 2001 - Architecture - 263 pages
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This unique guide provides a systematic overview of the idea of architectural space.

Bryan Lawson provides an ideal introduction to the topic, breaking down the complex and abstract terms used by many design theoreticians when writing about architectural space. Instead, our everyday knowledge is reintroduced to the language of design. Design values of 'space' are challenged and informed to stimulate a new theoretical and practical approach to design.

This book views architectural and urban spaces as psychological, social and partly cultural phenomena. They accommodate, separate, structure, facilitate, heighten and even celebrate human spatial behaviour.

* Helps to reconnect your everyday implicit knowledge with your professional conceptual knowledge
* Gain a greater understanding of clients by questioning the values you commonly hold
* Promotes easier communication by taking the abstract idea of 'space' and placing it in real terms
 

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Contents

1 Space as language
1
2 Space and the human dimension
14
3 Mechanisms of perceiving space
42
4 Ways of perceiving space
69
5 Space and distance
100
6 Proxemics
128
7 The territory
164
8 Space and time
194
9 Recording space
230
10 Bibliography
249
11 Index
255
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About the author (2001)

Bryan Lawson is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield. He is however both an architect and a psychologist, which has enabled him to study the nature of the design process.

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