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Elements of Architecture : Assembling Archaeology, Atmosphere and the Performance of Building Spaces
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Assembling Architecture explores new ways of engaging architecture in archaeology. It conceives of architecture both as the physical evidence of past societies but also existing beyond the physical environment and considers how people in the past have not just dwelled in buildings but existed with them. The book engages with the meeting point between these two perspectives. On the one hand, archaeologists must deal with the presence and absence of physicality as part of their analysis, and on the other hand, as a discipline studying humans through things, it also has to deal with the performances, as well as temporal and affective impacts of these material remains. The contributions investigate the way time, performance and movement – both physically and emotionally – are central aspects of understanding architectural assemblages. It is a book about the constellations of people, places and things that emerge and dissolve as affective, mobile, performative and temporal engagements.
Documenting the ephemeral, relational, and emotional meeting with one category of material objects that has defined much research into what it means to be humanAssembling Architecture elucidates and expands upon a crucial body of evidence that allows us to explore the lives and interactions of past societies.