Language of Space

By Bryan Lawson

© 2001 – Routledge

284 pages

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780750652469
pub: 2001-10-23
US Dollars$73.95
Hardback: 9781138168855
pub: 2015-11-02
US Dollars$165.00

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About the Book

This unique guide provides a systematic overview of the idea of architectural space.

Bryan Lawson provides an ideal introduction to the topic, breaking down the complex and abstract terms used by many design theoreticians when writing about architectural space. Instead, our everyday knowledge is reintroduced to the language of design. Design values of 'space' are challenged and informed to stimulate a new theoretical and practical approach to design.

This book views architectural and urban spaces as psychological, social and partly cultural phenomena. They accommodate, separate, structure, facilitate, heighten and even celebrate human spatial behaviour.


"…the content within The Language of Space is as relevant as ever – especially for students and professionals involved in planning and designing the built landscape, from interior designers to architects, planners to urban designers."Erick Villagomez, Spacing Magazine

Table of Contents

Space as Language; Space and the Human Dimension; Mechanisms of Perceiving Space; Four Ways of Perceiving Space; Space and Distance; Proxemics; The Territory; Space and Time; Recording Space.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching