Architecture and Narrative: The Formation of Space and Cultural Meaning

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-03-12
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Looking at how meaning is constructed in buildings and how it is communicated to the viewer, this intriguing study will be of interest to anyone concerned with architecture and culture; from architects to museum specialists and exhibition designers.

Author Biography

Sophia Psarra is Associate Professor of Architecture at the Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, USA. She has collaborated with leading cultural institutions in the UK and the US on issues of spatial organization, planning of exhibitions and visitor experience.

Table of Contents

List of illustration creditsp. ix
Prefacep. xii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Foundationsp. 17
The Parthenon and the Erechtheion: the spatial formation of place, politics and mythp. 19
Invisible surface: reflections in Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilionp. 43
Architecture and Narrative in Literaturep. 65
'The book and the labyrinth were one and the same': narrative and architecture in Borges' fictionsp. 67
(Th)reading the Library: spatial and mathematical journeys in Borges' Library of Babelp. 89
Spatial and Narrative Interactionsp. 109
Soane through the looking-glass: the house-museum of Sir John Soanep. 111
Victorian knowledge: the Natural History Museum, London and the Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove, Glasgowp. 137
Contemporary experience: the Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh and the Burrell Collection, Glasgowp. 161
Tracing the modern: space, display and exploration in the Museum of Modern Art, New Yorkp. 185
Theoretical Synthesisp. 211
Comparative discussionp. 213
The formation of space and cultural meaningp. 233
Notesp. 251
Bibliographyp. 266
Indexp. 278
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