1st Edition

Narrative Environments and Experience Design Space as a Medium of Communication

By Tricia Austin Copyright 2020
    216 Pages 17 Color & 55 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    216 Pages 17 Color & 55 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    216 Pages 17 Color & 55 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book argues narrative, people and place are inseparable and pursues the consequences of this insight through the design of narrative environments. This is a new and distinct area of practice that weaves together and extends narrative theory, spatial theory and design theory. Examples of narrative spaces, such as exhibitions, brand experiences, urban design and socially engaged participatory interventions in the public realm, are explored to show how space acts as a medium of communication through a synthesis of materials, structures and technologies, and how particular social behaviours are reproduced or critiqued through spatial narratives. This book will be of interest to scholars in design studies, urban studies, architecture, new materialism and design practitioners in the creative industries.


    1. Theory
    2. Precursors
    3. Dramatic Conflict
    4. Story Content
    5. Story Telling
    6. Engagement
    7. Immersion
    8. Framing and reframing
    9. From authorship to co-creation
    10. Epilogue


    Tricia Austin is Director of the MA in Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK.

    "This is one of the most important books about museums and exhibition design to appear in recent years. ... The book carries readers along with a fluidly written and logically organized sequence of chapters. Each chapter builds on those that came before, and all are well documented with clear diagrams, assorted illustrations, and sound scholarship. Those who design or analyze exhibitions or experiences of various kinds will find this book especially engaging and useful. Those in areas of art, art history, design, and museum studies will find it invaluable. ... Essential."