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 objective of seducing you, of making a variety of sensations destined to the touch your soul and make you contemplate who you're? may structure have such strength? This was once the belief of generations of architects firstly of modernity.

Exploring the function of theatre and fiction in defining personality in structure, Louise Pelletier examines how structure built to precise political and social purpose. utilizing this to the fashionable day, Pelletier considers how architects can research from those eighteenth century attitudes as a way to restoration architecture's communicative dimension.

Through an in-depth and interdisciplinary research of the start of modernity, Louise Pelletier encourages today's architects to contemplate the political and linguistic implications in their instruments. Combining thought, historic reviews and examine, Architecture in phrases will impress concept and improve the paintings of any architect.

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Le Camus was the first architectural theoretician to discuss the effects of lighting and their impact on our perception of spaces and their qualities. The control and modulation of light sources became a crucial element in his architectural compositions. As the proportions of masses and the general ordinance of façades convey specific characters, Le Camus writes, the same is true for all lines, contours, profiles, and ornaments in architecture. Every detail, appropriately employed, contributes to the specific sensation that the architect seeks to evoke.

To celebrate the birth of the Dauphin in January 1730, the marquis de Santa-Cruz, ambassador of Spain, and M. 26 They took place in the hôtel of the duc de Bouillon, by the river Seine, and involved elaborate lighting and sumptuous decorations. Servandoni was commissioned to build a structure on the river, between the Louvre and the hôtel de Bouillon, so that the entire population of Paris could take part in the celebration. The structure was in the form of two mountains united at their base, representing the Pyrenees and symbolizing the alliance between France and Spain.

Boullée’s funerary architecture was directly inspired by the modulation of light and shade in winter. ”32 On the other hand, an even and subdued light, complemented by lighting from above, evokes thoughtfulness. The half-light of the interiors of the église du Val-de-Grace, the Sorbonne, and the College Mazarin, for example, suggests reverent meditation by reorienting the movement of the soul inwardly. Le Camus was the first architectural theoretician to discuss the effects of lighting and their impact on our perception of spaces and their qualities.

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