The Words Between the Spaces: Buildings and Language

Paperback | October 25, 2001

byDeborah Cameron, Thomas A. MarkusEditorDeborah Cameron

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Using language - speaking and understanding it - is a defining ability of human beings, woven into all human activity. It is therefore inevitable that it should be deeply implicated in the design, production and use of buildings. Building legislation, design guides, competition and other briefs, architectural criticism, teaching and scholarly material, and the media all produce their characteristic texts.
The authors use texts about such projects as Berlin's new Reichstag, Scotland's new Parliament, and the Auschwitz concentration camp museum to clarify the interaction between texts, design, critical debate and response.

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Using language - speaking and understanding it - is a defining ability of human beings, woven into all human activity. It is therefore inevitable that it should be deeply implicated in the design, production and use of buildings. Building legislation, design guides, competition and other briefs, architectural criticism, teaching and sc...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.4 inPublished:October 25, 2001Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415143462

ISBN - 13:9780415143462

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Table of Contents

1. Why Language Matters. 2. Buildings and their Texts: A Brief History. 3. Classification. 4. Power. 5. Value. 6. Heritage. 7. Images. Afterword: Some Applications. Bibliography.

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'Markus and Cameron continually provide a degree of examination, and wealth of detail and interpretation, that can only come from careful scholarly endeavour. It is succinct and to the point.' - The Architects' Journal