1st Edition

Space and Language in Architectural Education Catalysts and Tensions

Edited By Kasia Nawratek Copyright 2022
    138 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    138 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Architects habitually disregard disciplinary boundaries of their profession in search for synergies and inspiration. The realm of language, although not considered to be architects’ natural environment, opens opportunities to further stretch and expand the architectural imagination and the set of tools used in the design process. When used in the context of architectural pedagogy, the exploration of the relationship between space and language opens the discussion further to include the reflection on the design studio structure, the learning process in creative subjects and the ethical dimension of architectural education.

    This book offers a glimpse into architectural pedagogies exploring the relationship between space and language, using literary methods and linguistic experiments. The examples discuss a wide range of approaches from international perspective, exploring opportunities and challenges of engaging literary methods and linguistic experiments in architectural education.

    The theme of Catalysts discusses the use of literary methods in architectural pedagogy, where literary texts are used to jumpstart and support the design process, resulting in deeply contextual approaches capable of subverting embedded hierarchies of the design studio. Tensions explore the gap between the world and its description, employing linguistic experiments and literary methods to enrich and expand the architectural vocabulary to include the experience of space in its infinite complexity.

    This book will be useful for innovators in architectural education and those seeking to expand their teaching practice to incorporate literary methods, and to creatives interested in making teaching a part of their practice. It may also appeal to students from design-based disciplines with an established design studio culture, demonstrating how to use narrative, poetry and literature to expand and feed your imagination.

    Catalysts and Tensions: Introduction

    Kasia Nawratek

    Chapter 1

    In between fiction and space: Feminist studio pedagogy (of letting go)

    Anuradha Chatterjee

    Chapter 2

    Storytellers & outlaws: An interdisciplinary approach to teaching as research

    Anca Matyiku

    Chapter 3

    On literature and architecture: Imaginative representations of space

    Angeliki Sioli and Kristen Kelsch

    Chapter 4

    Mapping the creative edge: Dialogic pedagogies in architectural education

    Kasia Nawratek

    Chapter 5

    Spoken Matter: Towards a Specific Vocabulary for Architectural Design and Description

    Nicolai Bo Andersen and Victor Boye Julebæk



    Kasia Nawratek is a senior lecturer at Manchester School of Architecture, UK, a qualified architect and a writer. Her current research interests are focused on the climate crisis response and post-human perspectives in the context of architectural education. Her teaching practice is underpinned by Mikhail Bakhtin’s idea of polyphony which fosters an inclusive and dialogic studio culture.