208 pages | 23 B/W Illus.
This book explores the role of silence in how we design, present and experience 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 atmosphere of a place. The book unpacks a series of stories of silence in religious topographies, urban landscapes, film and theatre productions and architectural education with contributed chapters and interviews with Jeff Malpas and Alberto Perez-Gomez.
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.
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
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