Each of these Analysing Architecture Notebooks is devoted to a particular theme in understanding the rich and varied workings of architecture. They can be thought of as addenda to the foundation volume Analysing Architecture, which first appeared in 1997 and has subsequently been enlarged in three further editions. Examining these extra themes as a series of Notebooks, rather than as additional chapters in future editions, allows greater space for more detailed exploration of a wider variety of examples, whilst avoiding the risk of the original book becoming unwieldy.
Metaphor is the most powerful component of the poetry of architecture. It has been a significant factor in architecture since the earliest periods of human history, when people were finding ways to give order and meaning to the world in which we live. It is arguable that architecture began with the realisation of metaphor in physical form, and that subsequent movements – from Greek to Gothic, Renaissance to Modern, Victorian to Vernacular… – have all been driven by the emergence or rediscovery of different metaphors by which architecture might be generated.
Table of Contents
Preface. Introduction. Simile, Cliché, Metaphor? Body Metaphors. Gender Metaphors. Tree Metaphors. Doorway Metaphors. Metaphors of Personality. Temple Metaphors. Cottage Metaphors. Architecture-Related Word Metaphors. The Genetic Metaphor. Metaphors of Sense and Nonsense. Mind Metaphors. Landscape Metaphors. Machine Metaphors. The Music Metaphor. Narrative Metaphors. Endnote. Acknowledgements. Bibliography. Index.
Simon Unwin is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Although retired, he continues to teach at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff University, Wales, where he taught for many years. His books are used in schools of architecture around the world and have been translated into various languages.