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Architecture and Silence

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Christos Kakalis


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This book explores the role of silence in how we design, present and experience architecture. Grounded in phenomenological theory, the book builds on historical, theoretical and practical approaches to examine silence as a methodological tool of architectural research and unravel the experiential qualities of the design process. Distinct from an entirely soundless experience, silence is proposed as a material condition organically incorporated into the built and natural landscape. Kakalis argues that, either human or atmospheric, silence is a condition of waiting for a sound to be born or a new spatio-temporal event to emerge. In silence, therefore, we are attentive and attuned to the atmosphere of a place. The book unpacks a series of stories of silence in religious topographies, urban landscapes, film and theatre productions and architectural education with contributed chapters and interviews with Jeff Malpas and Alberto Perez-Gomez.Aimed at postgraduate students, scholars and researchers in architectural theory, it shows how performative and atmospheric qualities of silence can build a new understanding of architectural experience.

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Author(s): Kakalis C

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Edition: 1st

Series Title: Research in Architecture

Year: 2020

Volume: 1

Number of Volumes: 1

Number of Pages: 202

Print publication date: 29/08/2020

Acceptance date: 08/04/2019

Publisher: Routledge


Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781138345577