Sophia Psarra Publishes Architecture and Narrative

Sophia Psarra, associate professor of architecture, has published the book Architecture and Narrative: The Formation of Space and Cultural Meaning. Routledge will release the book in the United States on March 15, 2009.

About the Book
Arrangement of spaces, social relationships, and cultural content are fundamental to how buildings are shaped, used, and perceived. Narrative enters architecture through the ways in which space is structured to achieve specific effects on our perception. Architects employ conceptual-formal patterns independently from a viewer’s experience but also organize space from the viewpoint of an observer. The act of perceiving is linked with the sequential unfolding of information as our bodies pass through space.

Examining the three notions of conceptual, perceptual, and social space, Architecture and Narrative explores the ways in which these three dimensions interact in the design and life of buildings.

Looking at how meaning is constructed in buildings and how it is communicated to the viewer, this intriguing study will be of interest to anyone concerned with architecture and culture: from architects to museum specialists and exhibition designers.

For more information, visit Routledge.