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Elements of Architecture
Assembling archaeology, atmosphere and the performance of building spaces

ISBN 9781138775411
Published March 30, 2016 by Routledge
462 Pages

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Book Description

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

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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.


"[...]the concepts worked with here are crucial to emerging ideas about atmosphere, the senses, movement, and assemblage in archaeology. If you are looking for new ways to think about the discipline and how we come to know things, this pretty, curious, and deliberately vague volume will be useful."
Dr. Corin C.O. Pursell, Gardener