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How to Read Architecture

An Introduction to Interpreting the Built Environment, 1st Edition

By Paulette Singley

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328 pages

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Description

How to Read Architecture is based on the fundamental premise that reading and interpreting architecture is something we already do, and that close observation matters. This book enhances this skill so that given an unfamiliar building, you will have the tools to understand it and to be inspired by it. Author Paulette Singley encourages you to misread, closely read, conventionally read, and unconventionally read architecture to stimulate your creative process.

This book explores three essential ways to help you understand architecture: reading a building from the outside-in, from the inside-out, and from the position of out-and-out, or formal, architecture. This book erodes boundaries between the frequently compartmentalized fields of interior design, landscape design, and building design with chapters exploring concepts of terroir, scenography, criticality, atmosphere, tectonics, inhabitation, type, form, and enclosure. Using examples and case studies that span a wide range of historical and global precedents, Singley addresses the complex interaction among the ways a building engages its context, addresses its performative exigencies, and operates as an autonomous aesthetic object. 

Including over 300 images, this book is an essential read for both undergraduate and postgraduate students of architecture with a global focus on the interpretation of buildings in their context.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Ground Rules

Part 1 Reading Between the Lines

Chapter 1 Engraving

Chapter 2 Inscription

Part 2 Outside-In Architecture

Chapter 3 Terroir

Chapter 4 Scenography

Chapter 5 Criticality

Part 3 Inside-Out Architecture

Chapter 6 Atmosphere

Chapter 7 Tectonics

Chapter 8 Inhabitation

Part 4 Out-and-Out Architecture

Chapter 9 Type

Chapter 10 Form

Chapter 11 Enclosure

About the Author

Paulette Singley is a widely read architectural historian and theorist whose work expands the disciplinary limits of architecture across diverse subject matter such as food, film, and fashion. She is a Professor of Architecture at Woodbury University in Los Angeles, California. She received a Ph.D. from Princeton University, an M.A. from Cornell University, and a B.Arch. from the University of Southern California. She co-edited Eating Architecture, the first book to explore the intersections of architecture and the culinary arts. She also co-edited Architecture: In Fashion and has published chapters in several anthologies as well as essays in architecture journals such as Log and Assemblage.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARC000000
ARCHITECTURE / General
ARC004000
ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation
ARC005080
ARCHITECTURE / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ARC009000
ARCHITECTURE / Methods & Materials