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The Words Between the Spaces

Buildings and Language

By Deborah Cameron, Thomas A. Markus

Routledge – 2001 – 208 pages

Series: Architext

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Description

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.

Reviews

'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

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.

Name: The Words Between the Spaces: Buildings and Language (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Deborah Cameron, Thomas A. Markus. 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,...
Categories: Theory of Architecture, Urban Cultures, Language and Communication, Urban Sociology, Architecture