Interpretation in Architecture: Design as a Way of Thinking

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Taylor & Francis, 2006 - Architecture - 332 pages
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Drawing on cultural theory, phenomenology and concepts from Asian art and philosophy, this book reflects on the role of interpretation in the act of architectural creation, bringing an intellectual and scholarly dimension to real-world architectural design practice. For practising architects as well as academic researchers, these essays consider interpretation from three theoretical standpoints or themes: play, edification and otherness. Focusing on these, the book draws together strands of thought informed by the diverse reflections of hermeneutical scholarship, the uses of digital media and studio teaching and practice.

 

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Contents

Architecture and coherence
3
Parti Play
23
Playing by the rules
59
Creativity as commonplace
71
Edification
83
The disintegrated curriculum
84
Ethics and practice
111
Design assessment
119
A world of difference
167
Myth mandala and metaphor
183
Translating tradition
205
Thinking through the gap
223
Random thoughts on the Way
243
Architecture as interpretation
257
Notes
259
Bibliography
305

Design amnesia
133
Part3 Otherness
147
The fusion of horizons
153

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About the author (2006)

Professor Adrian Snodgrass is an internationally renowned authority in Buddhist Studies and Buddhist art.  He also researches in the area of hermeneutical philosophy and its application to knowledge production and cross-cultural understanding.  He is editor of The Architectural Theory Review and Architectural Theory, and his books on Buddhism have become classics in the field. 

Professor Richard Coyne researches and teaches in the areas of information technology in practice, computer-aided design in architecture, philosophy of information technology, digital media, and design theory. He inaugurated the MSc in Design and Digital Media, in which he also teaches. He is author of two recent books on the implications of information technology and design with MIT Press. He is a registered architect (Australia), and was recently Head of the University of Edinburgh Department of Architecture.

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