Architecture as Experience investigates the perception and appropriation of places across intervals of time and culture. The particular concern of the volume is to bring together fresh empirical research and animate it through contact with theoretical sophistication, without overwhelming the material.
The chapters establish the continuity of a particular physical object and show it in at least two alternative historical perspectives, in which recognisable features are shown in different lights. The results are often surprising, inverting the common idea of a historic place as having an enduring meaning. This book shows the insight that can be gained from learning about earlier constructions of meaning which have been derived from the same buildings that stand before us today.
Emperors, Dictators and the Arch of Constantine. Modulating Power Through Space: On the Production of Memory Nodes. Piranesi's Ichnographia: Reconstructions and Epistemologies. Rome and Il Guibileo: Church, State and City Space. From Medieval Sacred Space to Modern Secular Space: Changing Perspectives on Chartres. Exhibiting Wilderness at the Columbian Exposition of 1893. Paths of Empowerment: Ritual Reinscription of Meaning on the Plan of Amsterdam, 1886-1925. Everywhere at Any Time: Lewis Mumford, Ludwig Hilberseimer, and the Genealogy of the Modern City. If Walls Could Talk: Heterotopia at the Four Seasons Istanbul Hotel / Sultanahmet Prison. From Byzantium to Istanbul: A Saga of Urban Transformations. Situated Meaning - Dong Drum Tower, it's Myth and Living Cultural Life