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Architecture and Silence

1st Edition

By Christos P. Kakalis


190 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-08-29
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This book explores the role of silence in how we design, present and experi-ence architecture. Grounded in phenomenological theory, the book builds on historical, theoretical and practical approaches to examine silence as a methodological tool of architectural research and unravel the experiential qualities of the design process.

Distinct from an entirely soundless experience, silence is proposed as a material condition organically incorporated into the built and natural landscape. Kakalis argues that, either human or atmospheric, silence is a condition of waiting for a sound to be born or a new spatio-temporal event to emerge. In silence, therefore, we are attentive and attuned to the atmos-phere of a place. The book unpacks a series of stories of silence in religious topographies, urban landscapes, film and theatre productions and architec-tural education with contributed chapters and interviews with Jeff Malpas and Alberto Pérez-Gómez.

Aimed at postgraduate students, scholars and researchers in architectural theory, it shows how performative and atmospheric qualities of silence can build a new understanding of architectural experience.

Table of Contents

Part I Performativity

1. Hesychasm, Silence and the Stillness of Mount Athos

    Interruption I: Scoring Silence-Scapes

2. Walking in Silence / Urban Encounters

    co-authored with Stella Mygdali

3. Hot Air Balloon Movements to Stillness: Uplifting Atmospherics and the Architecture of Flight

4. Narrating the Spatiality of Silence: Drawing from the Silence of Samuel Beckett and Andrei Tarkovsky

5. Silence in Place: An Interview with JeffMalpas

Part II Communication

6. Silence, Music and Architectural Design: Stillness and Transparency in the work of Arvo Pärt and John Cage

    Interruption II: Silence, Liminality and Monastic Space

7. Silence in Architectural Education

co-authored with Olga Ioannou

Interruption III: Silence, Emptiness and Architectural Design co-authored with Iván J. Márquez Muñoz

8. Notating Silences and Absences

    co-authored with Rachel Armstrong, Rolf Hughes and Simone Feraccina

9. Keeping Silent to Listen: An Interview with Alberto Pѐrez-Gόmez

About the Author

Christos P. Kakalis is a Lecturer in Architecture at Newcastle University, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Architecture

The Routledge Research in Architecture series provides the reader with the latest scholarship in the field of architecture. The series publishes research from across the globe and covers areas as diverse as architectural history and theory, technology, digital architecture, structures, materials, details, design, monographs of architects, interior design and much more. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality architectural research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation
ARCHITECTURE / History / General
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Religious