1st Edition

Architecture and Silence





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ISBN 9780367784263
March 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
202 Pages

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Book Description

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 Jeff Malpas



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

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Author(s)

Biography

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