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Elements of Architecture

Assembling archaeology, atmosphere and the performance of building spaces

Edited by: Mikkel Bille , Tim Flohr Sørensen

Print publication date:  March  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138775411
eBook ISBN: 9781315641171
Adobe ISBN: 9781317279228

10.4324/9781315641171
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Elements of Architecture explores new ways of engaging architecture in archaeology. It conceives of architecture both as the physical evidence of past societies and as existing beyond the physical environment, considering how people in the past have not just dwelled in buildings but have existed within them. The book engages with the meeting point between these two perspectives. For although archaeologists must deal with the presence and absence of physicality as a discipline, which studies humans through things, to understand humans they must also address the performances, as well as temporal and affective impacts, of these material remains. The contributions in this volume investigate the way time, performance and movement, both physically and emotionally, are central aspects of understanding architectural assemblages. It is a book about the constellations of people, places and things that emerge and dissolve as affective, mobile, performative and temporal engagements.

This volume juxtaposes archaeological research with perspectives from anthropology, architecture, cultural geography and philosophy in order to explore the kaleidoscopic intersections of elements coming together in architecture. Documenting the ephemeral, relational, and emotional meeting points with a category of material objects that have defined much research into what it means to be human, Elements of Architecture elucidates and expands upon a crucial body of evidence which allows us to explore the lives and interactions of past societies.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Into the fog of architecture Download PDF
Chapter  2:  On behalf of form Download PDF
Chapter  3:  On shaping buildings Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Immanent architecture Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Big affects Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Architecture in ruins Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Building lives Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Archaeologies of an informal city Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Brussels’ conflicting constructs Download PDF
Chapter  10:  A sense of place Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Lighting up the atmosphere Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Traffic architecture Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Affective architecture in Ardnamurchan Download PDF
Chapter  14:  A sense of architecture in the past Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Architecture in motion Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Politics of architectural imaging Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Homeless, home-making, and archaeology Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Into architecture Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Sedimentation and sentiment Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Performance architecture Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Reframing the ziggurat Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Architecture becoming new spaces Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Incipient ruination Download PDF
Chapter  24:  For love of ruins Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Unfinishing buildings Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The disconnected experience of some designed places Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Failure? Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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