Confabulation is a drawing together through storytelling. Fundamental to our perception,
memory, and thought is the way we join fractured experiences to construct a
narrative. Confabulations: Storytelling in Architecture weaves together poetic ideas,
objects, and events and returns you to everyday experiences of life through juxtapositions
with dreams, fantasies, and hypotheticals. It follows the intellectual and creative
framework of architectural cosmopoesis developed and practiced by the distinguished
thinker, architect, and professor Dr. Marco Frascari, who thought deeply about the
role of storytelling in architecture.
Bringing together a collection of 24 essays from a diverse and respected group of
scholars, this book presents the convergence of architecture and storytelling across a
broad temporal, geographic, and cultural range. Beginning with an introduction framing
the topic, the book is organized along a continuous thread structured around four
key areas: architecture of stories, stories of architecture, stories of theory and practice
of stories. Beautifully illustrated throughout and including a 64-page full colour section,
Confabulations is an insightful investigation into architectural narratives.
Table of Contents
List of Figures. About the Contributors. Foreword Jack Davis Introduction Paul Emmons and Luc Phinney Part 1: Architecture of Stories 1. Glass and Clay Elaine Scarry 2. The Fabulous Ox in Fengshui's Fabrication of Site Qi Zhu 3. The "Uncharted Tides" Angeliki Sioli 4. Macaronically Speaking Manuela Antoniu 5. Il Mantecato Franco Pisani Part 2: Stories of Architecture 6. Buildings Remember David Leatherbarrow 7. Object Talks Izumi Kuroishi 8. Suspended Ceiling Stories Federica Goffi 9. Saul Steinberg's Stories of Dor Andreea Mihalache 10. The Enlightening Radiance of Shadows Hooman Koliji 11. Architecture Sub Rosa Tracey Eve Winton Part 3: Stories of Theory 12. Language and Architectural Meaning Alberto Pérez-Gómez 13. Walls of Gender Claudio Sgarbi 14. Architecture's Two Bodies Donald Kunze 15. Camillo Sitte's Winged Snail Marcia Feuerstein 16. Strange Tales of Architectural Evolution Matthew Mindrup 17. Dialetti Architecttonici Michaelangelo Sabatino 18. Miming a Manner of Architectural Theory Lisa Landrum and Ted Landrum Part 4: Practice of Stories 19. Linear Stories in Carlo Scarpa's Architectural Drawings Carolina Dayer 20. In Medias Res Jonathan Foote 21. The Function of Fiction in Fabrication Louise Pelletier 22. The Laughing Girls Marc Neveu 23. Mi Punge Vagezza Rebecca Williamson 24. Confabulatores Nocturni Brian Ambroziak and Andrew McLellan Bibliography. Index
Paul Emmons is a registered architect and professor at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center of Virginia Tech where he directs the PhD program in Architecture + Design Research.
Marcia Feuerstein is an architect and associate professor at the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center of Virginia Tech. Her research investigates links between theory, practice, and performance in architecture.
Carolina Dayer is an architect in her native country Argentina and recently received her PhD degree from Washington Alexandria Architecture Center of Virginia Tech. She currently teaches at Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark. Her research and personal practice focuses on multivalent forms of architectural drawing.