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How to Read Architecture


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Ground Rules

Part 1 Reading Between the Lines Chapter 1 Engraving Chapter 2 Inscription Part 2 Outside-In Architecture Chapter 3 Terroir Chapter 4 Scenography Chapter 5 Criticality Part 3 Inside-Out Architecture Chapter 6 Atmosphere Chapter 7 Tectonics Chapter 8 Inhabitation Part 4 Out-and-Out Architecture Chapter 9 Type Chapter 10 Form Chapter 11 Enclosure

About the Author

Paulette Singley is a widely read architectural historian and theorist whose work expands the disciplinary limits of architecture across diverse subject matter such as food, film, and fashion. She is a Professor of Architecture at Woodbury University in Los Angeles, California. She received a Ph.D. from Princeton University, an M.A. from Cornell University, and a B.Arch. from the University of Southern California. She co-edited Eating Architecture, the first book to explore the intersections of architecture and the culinary arts. She also co-edited Architecture: In Fashion and has published chapters in several anthologies as well as essays in architecture journals such as Log and Assemblage.


"Beautifully written, Paulette Singley's How to Read Architecture is a call to action to return to reading buildings closely. If contemporary architecture is increasingly designed for Instagram, Singley's work is a vividly uncovers the meaning embodied in great works of architecture. This book has many uses: it will be a joyous read for sophisticated lovers of architecture, a rich manual as well as a manifesto for practicing architects, and a thorough introduction for those new to the field. Read it and start reading buildings." Kazys Varnelis, Director of the Network Architecture Lab and co-founder of AUDC "Paulette Singley's How to Read Architecture is an elegant guide to those without a guide book. It raises the use of the prepositions of 'within', 'without', and 'with' to an organising principle that promotes the relational aspect of architecture and its situatedness." Polly Gould, Author of Antarctica, Art and Archive (2010), reviewed for Site-Reading Writing Quarterly

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