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Architecture in Words
Theatre, Language and the Sensuous Space of Architecture

ISBN 9780415394710
Published June 23, 2006 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

What if the house you are about to enter was built with the confessed purpose of seducing you, of creating various sensations destined to touch your soul and make you reflect on who you are? Could architecture have such power? This was the assumption of generations of architects at the beginning of modernity.

Exploring the role of theatre and fiction in defining character in architecture, Louise Pelletier examines how architecture developed to express political and social intent. Applying this to the modern day, Pelletier considers how architects can learn from these eighteenth century attitudes in order to restore architecture's communicative dimension.

Through an in-depth and interdisciplinary analysis of the beginning of modernity, Louise Pelletier encourages today's architects to consider the political and linguistic implications of their tools. Combining theory, historical studies and research, Architecture in Words will provoke thought and enrich the work of any architect.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part 1: Character and Expression: Staging Architecture  1. Architecture as an Expressive Language  2. Character Theory at the Theatre  3. Rules of Expression and the Paradox of Acting  Part 2: Playacting and the Culture of Entertainment: Architecture as Theatre  4. Theatre as the Locus of Public and Social Expression  5. Theatre Architecture and the Role of the Proscenium  Part 3: Language and Personal Imagination: An Architecture for the Senses  6. Taste, Talent and Genius in Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics  7. Newtonian Empirical Sciences and the Order of Nature  8. Empirical Philosophy and the Nature of Sensations  Part 4: Plotting an Architectural Program: The Space of Desire  9. Staging an Architecture in Words  10. The Narrative Space of Desire  Conclusion: The Temporality of Human Experience  Selected Bibliography

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