The Words Between the Spaces: Buildings and Language

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Routledge, Sep 2, 2003 - Architecture - 208 pages
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Using language - speaking and understanding it - is a defining ability of human beings, woven into all human activity. It is therefore inevitable that it should be deeply implicated in the design, production and use of buildings. Building legislation, design guides, competition and other briefs, architectural criticism, teaching and scholarly material, and the media all produce their characteristic texts.
The authors use texts about such projects as Berlin's new Reichstag, Scotland's new Parliament, and the Auschwitz concentration camp museum to clarify the interaction between texts, design, critical debate and response.
 

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Contents

Why Language Matters
1
BEYOND STRUCTURALISM AND SEMIOTICS
4
DISCOURSE AND DISCOURSE ANALYSIS
10
DISCOURSE ANALYSIS AS A CRITICAL TOOL
12
BUILDINGS AND DISCOURSE
15
Buildings and their Texts A Brief History
18
VITRUVIUS IS ALIVE AND WELL
19
THE PAIN OF WRITING
21
WASHBASINS IN THE SUN
89
SUBJECTS AND OBJECTS
91
Value
93
SELECTION OF OBJECTS
97
SOME CASES IN POINT
99
VOICES OF AUTHORITY
103
COMPARISON AND CONTRAST
105
EVALUATIVE DISCOURSE AND PROMOTIONAL DISCOURSE
109

THE LOSS OF INNOCENCE AND FORM AS THE HEALER
24
FUNCTION AND TECHNOLOGY FOREGROUNDED
27
THE MANIFESTO REPLACES THE WEIGHTY TOME
31
COMPETITIONS BRIEFS AND DESIGN GUIDES
32
ARCHITECTURAL TEXTS WITHOUT ARCHITECTS
37
DESIGN BY LAW
38
CONCLUSION
40
Classification
42
CLASSIFICATION AND CLASS
48
THE ORDERING OF KNOWLEDGE
50
THE HUMAN BODY AS OBJECT
53
INTENTIONS AND ACHIEVEMENT IN THE WORKPLACE
59
BOUNDARIES AND CLUSTERS
61
SO HOW DOES CLASSIFICATION SHAPE SPACE?
66
Power
67
HIERARCHICAL BUILDINGS AND THEIR TEXTS
71
THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT BUILDING
75
THE HAPPIEST WORKPLACE IN BRITAIN?
78
CONTESTING POWER
87
AESTHETIC VALUE AND SOCIAL VALUE
112
Heritage
120
CREATING IDENTITIES
122
COMMODIFICATION
126
THE CASE OF WIGAN PIER
129
GRIM EPISODES
133
ARCHITECTURE HERITAGE AND NATIONAL IDENTITY
138
HERITAGE AND NATIONAL IDENTITY IN THE POSTCOLONIAL WORLD
145
Images
149
THE ARCHITECTURAL IMAGE IN HISTORY AND TODAY
152
HOW IMAGES WORK
154
SOME CASES
157
A FINAL COMMENT
173
Some Applications
174
Notes
179
Bibliography
184
Index
191
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