1st Edition

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

Edited By Mikkel Bille, Tim Flohr Sorensen Copyright 2016
    462 Pages
    by Routledge

    462 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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