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Children as Place-Makers

the innate architect in all of us, 1st Edition

By Simon Unwin


184 pages | 228 B/W Illus.

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Each of these Analysing Architecture Notebooks is devoted to a particular theme in understanding the rich and varied workings of architecture. They can be thought of as addenda to the foundation volume Analysing Architecture, which first appeared in 1997 and has subsequently been enlarged in three further editions. Examining these extra themes as a series of Notebooks, rather than as additional chapters in future editions, allows greater space for more detailed exploration of a wider variety of examples, whilst avoiding the risk of the original book becoming unwieldy.

As children we make places spontaneously: on the beach, in woodland, around our homes… Those places are evidence of a natural language of architecture we all share. Beginning with the child as seed and agent of the places it makes, initial sections of Children as Place-makers illustrate the key ‘verbs’ that drive that natural language of architecture. Later sections look at the core importance of the circle of place, how as children we are drawn to inhabit boxes, and the narrative possibilities that arise when place is linked with imagination. The principal messages of this Notebook are that it is by place-making we make sense of the space of the world in which we live, and that the first step in becoming a professional architect is to re-awaken the innate architect inside each of us.

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction: The Verbs of Architecture. Relating to the World. Place Creation. Making Places with Ourselves. Defining Place. Places for Games. Circle. Box. Building Places. Places of the Imagination. Endword. Acknowledgements. Bibliography. Index.

About the Author

Simon Unwin is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Although retired, he continues to teach at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff University, Wales, where he taught for many years. His books are used in schools of architecture around the world, and have been translated into various languages.

About the Series

Analysing Architecture Notebooks

Building on the popularity of Analysing Architecture, this new series explores major themes in architectural theory and design in greater depth. Covering a range of timeless topics, each book helps students to understand how different ideas and concepts have influenced major buildings and their architects.

Written by bestselling author Simon Unwin, the series follows his well-known style and features his beautiful, high-quality drawings. Each book starts with an introductory essay before breaking down key concepts into manageable chunks through annotated drawings and short, explanatory paragraphs.

Known for his clear, accessible style, the author has helped thousands of students learn to think as architects. His compelling analysis and presentation make books in the series ideal for students and anyone else interested in architecture.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching