Narrative Environments and Experience Design: Space as a Medium of Communication, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Narrative Environments and Experience Design

Space as a Medium of Communication, 1st Edition

By Tricia Austin


240 pages | 17 Color Illus. | 55 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367138042
pub: 2020-05-18
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This book argues narrative, people and place are inseparable and pursues the consequences of this insight through the design of narrative environments. This 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.

Table of Contents


  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

About the Author

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

About the Series

Routledge Research in Design Studies

Routledge Research in Design Studies is a new series focusing on the study of design and its effects using analytical and practical methods of inquiry. Proposals for monographs and edited collections on this topic are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / History / General
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
ART / History / General
DESIGN / General
DESIGN / History & Criticism
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban