Architecture in Words: Theatre, Language and the Sensuous by Louise Pelletier

By Louise Pelletier

What if the home you're approximately to go into was once equipped with the confessed function of seducing you, of constructing numerous sensations destined to the touch your soul and make you consider who you're? might structure have such strength? This used to be the belief of generations of architects initially of modernity.

Exploring the function of theatre and fiction in defining personality in structure, Louise Pelletier examines how structure built to specific political and social rationale. utilising this to the trendy day, Pelletier considers how architects can study from those eighteenth century attitudes so that it will restoration architecture's communicative dimension.

Through an in-depth and interdisciplinary research of the start of modernity, Louise Pelletier encourages today's architects to think about the political and linguistic implications in their instruments. Combining conception, historic experiences and study, Architecture in phrases will impress proposal and improve the paintings of any architect.

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Le Camus takes the reader on a tour of an hôtel particulier emphasizing the relationship among successive rooms. Clearly influenced by Briseux’s architectural theory, Le Camus de Mézières stresses the importance of a unifying theme that recurs throughout the building, with dramatic tension that builds toward an emotional climax. ”27 This desire for narrative cohesion came from a need to substitute the principles of cosmic harmony that had guided classical architecture until the end of the seventeenth century.

F. Blondel had already made the “spectator” an important element in their theories, Le Camus de Mézières proposed an even greater emphasis on the beholder and the senses. Le Camus’s fundamental innovation was to place the theatre at the centre of his discussion of the expressive nature of architecture. The Genius of Architecture therefore describes the succession of rooms in the hôtel particulier, each one announcing the next in a way that recalls the unfolding of a play, each doorway framing a new scene like a theatrical proscenium.

32 He wrote many plays that were performed in this private theatre. As we shall see, Le Camus’s involvement with the theatre, both as a playwright and as a spectator, was determining in defining his innovative architectural theory. 24 Chapter 2 Character theory in theatrical staging The introduction of “character” in architectural theory stemmed from a new concern with the expressive nature of architecture during the eighteenth century. It was prompted not exclusively by a transformation within the field of architecture, but by an association with other disciplines.

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