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The Fluctuating Sea
Architecture and Movement in the Medieval Mediterranean

ISBN 9780367608460
Published August 13, 2021 by Routledge
300 Pages 70 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume fluctuates between conceptualizations of movement; either movements that buildings in the medieval Mediterranean facilitated, or the movements of the users and audiences of architecture.

From medieval Anatolia to Southern France and the Genoese colony of Pera across Constantinople, The Fluctuating Sea investigates how the relationship between movement and the experiences of a multiplicity of users with different social backgrounds can provide a new perspective on architectural history. The book acknowledges the shared characteristics of medieval Mediterranean architecture, but it also argues that for the majority of people inhabiting the fragmented microecologies of the Mediterranean, architecture was a highly localized phenomenon. It is the connectivity of such localized experiences that The Fluctuating Sea uncovers.

The Fluctuating Sea is a valuable source for students and scholars of the medieval Mediterranean and architectural history.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Polyrhythmia  1. Sequence  2. Rupture  3. Flux  4. Unrest  Conclusion: Arrhythmia

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Saygin Salgirli is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the art and architecture of the medieval and early modern Mediterranean, and presents an integrative approach to the region through audience and user experiences.