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Building Time: Architecture, event, and experience

Author/EditorLeatherbarrow, Dr David (University of P (Author)
ISBN: 9781350165182
Pub Date26/11/2020
BindingPaperback
Pages288
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While most books on architecture concentrate on spatial themes, this book explores architecture's temporal dimensions. Through a series of close readings of buildings, both contemporary and classic, it demonstrates the centrality of time in modern architecture, and shows why an understanding of time is critical to understanding good architecture.

All buildings exist in time. Even if designed for permanence, they change, slowly but inevitably. They change use, they accrue history and meaning, they decay - all of these processes are inscribed in time. So too is the path traced by the sun through a building, and the movements of the human body from room to room. Time, this book argues, is the framework for our spatial experience of architecture, and a key dimension of a building's structure and significance.

Building Time presents twelve close readings of buildings and artworks which explore this idea. Examining works by distinctive modern architects - from Eileen Gray to Alvaro Siza and Wang Shu - it takes the reader, in some cases literally step-by-step, through a built work, and provides insightful reflections on the importance of 'making space for time' in architectural design.

This is a book for both theorists and for architectural designers. Through it, theorists will find a way to rethink the fundamental premises and aims of design work, while designers will rediscover the order and ideas that shape the world around them-its buildings, interiors, and landscapes.

While most books on architecture concentrate on spatial themes, this book explores architecture's temporal dimensions. Through a series of close readings of buildings, both contemporary and classic, it demonstrates the centrality of time in modern architecture, and shows why an understanding of time is critical to understanding good architecture.

All buildings exist in time. Even if designed for permanence, they change, slowly but inevitably. They change use, they accrue history and meaning, they decay - all of these processes are inscribed in time. So too is the path traced by the sun through a building, and the movements of the human body from room to room. Time, this book argues, is the framework for our spatial experience of architecture, and a key dimension of a building's structure and significance.

Building Time presents twelve close readings of buildings and artworks which explore this idea. Examining works by distinctive modern architects - from Eileen Gray to Alvaro Siza and Wang Shu - it takes the reader, in some cases literally step-by-step, through a built work, and provides insightful reflections on the importance of 'making space for time' in architectural design.

This is a book for both theorists and for architectural designers. Through it, theorists will find a way to rethink the fundamental premises and aims of design work, while designers will rediscover the order and ideas that shape the world around them-its buildings, interiors, and landscapes.

David Leatherbarrow is Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught architectural design, history, and theory since 1984. In 2020, the AIA and ASCA awarded him the prestigious Topaz Medallion for excellence in architectural education. He lectures widely and holds guest professorships in Denmark and China. His previous publishing includes 20th Century Architecture, Architecture Oriented Otherwise, Topographical Stories, Surface Architecture (with Mohsen Mostafavi), Uncommon Ground, Roots of Architectural Invention, and On Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time.

Introduction 1: Making Space for Time Part One: The Time of the World 2: Day Time 3: Well-Timed Openings 4: Tempered Terrain 5: World Rhythms Part Two: The Time of the Body 6: Taking Steps 7: Pacing and Spacing 8: Wandering Sites 9: Pedestrian Rhythms Part Three: The Time of the Project 10: Past and Present Possibilities 11: Proposing Precedents 12: Recalling Future Projects 13: Project Rhythms Bibliography Index

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