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Elements of Architecture

Assembling archaeology, atmosphere and the performance of building spaces, 1st Edition

Edited by Mikkel Bille, Tim Flohr Sorensen

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Elements of Architecture explores new ways of engaging architecture in archaeology. It conceives of architecture both as the physical evidence of past societies and as existing beyond the physical environment, considering how people in the past have not just dwelled in buildings but have existed within them. The book engages with the meeting point between these two perspectives. For although archaeologists must deal with the presence and absence of physicality as a discipline, which studies humans through things, to understand humans they must also address the performances, as well as temporal and affective impacts, of these material remains. The contributions in this volume investigate the way time, performance and movement, both physically and emotionally, are central aspects of understanding architectural assemblages. It is a book about the constellations of people, places and things that emerge and dissolve as affective, mobile, performative and temporal engagements.



This volume juxtaposes archaeological research with perspectives from anthropology, architecture, cultural geography and philosophy in order to explore the kaleidoscopic intersections of elements coming together in architecture. Documenting the ephemeral, relational, and emotional meeting points with a category of material objects that have defined much research into what it means to be human, Elements of Architecture elucidates and expands upon a crucial body of evidence which allows us to explore the lives and interactions of past societies.

Table of Contents

Into the Fog of Architecture

Mikkel Bille & Tim Flohr Sørensen



On Behalf of Form: The view from archaeology and architecture

Graham Harman



Part I: Form and Temporality

On Shaping Buildings

Mikkel Bille & Tim Flohr Sørensen



Immanent Architecture

Lesley K. McFadyen



Big Affects: Size, Sex and Stalinist ‘Architectural Power’ in Post-Socialist Warsaw

Michal Murawski



Architecture in Ruins: Palladio, Piranesi and Kahn

Jonathan Hill



Building Lives

Gavin Lucas



Archaeologies of an Informal City: Temporal dimensions of contemporary Andean urbanism

Alison Kohn & Shannon Lee Dawdy



Brussels’ Conflicting Constructs

Mark Minkjan & Ingel Vaikla



Part II: Atmospheres

A Sense of Place

Mikkel Bille & Tim Flohr Sørensen



Lighting up the Atmosphere

Tim Ingold



Traffic Architecture – Hidden affections

Jürgen Hasse



Affective Architecture in Ardnamurchan: Assemblages at three scales

Oliver J. T. Harris



A Sense of Architecture in the Past: Exploring the sensory experience of architecture in archaeology

Serena Love

Part III: Performance and process

Architecture in Motion

Mikkel Bille & Tim Flohr Sørensen



Politics of Architectural Imaging: Four ways of assembling a city

Albena Yaneva



Homeless, Home-Making, and Archaeology: ‘To be at home wherever I find myself’

Larry J. Zimmerman



Into Architecture: House-building and acentered personhood in Maputo, Mozambique

Morten Nielsen



Sedimentation and Sentiment: Destabilizing architecture at the post-industrial Mexican periphery

Jason Ramsey



Performance Architecture: Absence, place and action

Nick Kaye



Reframing the Ziggurat: Looking at (and from) ancient Mesopotamian temple towers

Augusta McMahon

Part IV: Disintegr

About the Editors

Mikkel Bille is Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change, Roskilde University, where his research centers on the role of things and technologies from the recent past in contemporary society.





Tim Flohr Sørensen is Assistant Professor at the Department of Archaeology, University of Copenhagen, where his research is focused on archaeological theory and themes in prehistoric and contemporary archaeology.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC003000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology