Architecture as image-space-text

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Nigianni, Betty 2007. Architecture as image-space-text. in: Frascari, M., Hale, J. and Starkey, B. (ed.) From Models to Drawings: Imagination and Representation in Architecture, London and New York: Routledge pp.
AuthorsNigianni, Betty
EditorsFrascari, M., Hale, J. and Starkey, B.
Abstract

A poem by Sylvia Plath provides a basis for contemplation on the inetrtwining relations between
‘space’, ‘image’ and ‘text’ and on how they might inform architectural representation in a critical
way. Departing from a framework that sees an essentially empathetic and inter-productive
relation between space and the subject, this article discusses the engagement of architectural
representation with visuality and textuality, reconsidered however through a poeticising
subjectivity. Drawing upon Benjamin, Bachelard and Lacan, I argue that the role of visuality in
spatial experience should be reconsidered beyond conventional optics, but instead in terms of
‘images’ that derive from psychic activity.

KeywordsSylvia Plath; Architecture; architectural spaces; textuality
Book titleFrom Models to Drawings: Imagination and Representation in Architecture, London and New York: Routledge
Year2007
Publisherpp
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Print2007
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Deposited06 Dec 2010
Web address (URL)http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415487986/
http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1096
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Nigianni, B. (2007) ‘Architecture as image-space-text’ in Frascari, M., Hale, J. and Starkey, B. (eds.) From Models to Drawings: Imagination and Representation in Architecture, London and New York: Routledge. pp.253-260..

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