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Binding space: the book as spatial practice

Binding space: the book as spatial practice

Macken, Marian, author

Books orient, intrigue, provoke and direct the reader while editing, interpreting, encapsulating, constructing and revealing architectural representation. Binding Space: The Book as Spatial Practice explores the role of the book form within the realm of architectural representation. It proposes the book itself as another three-dimensional, complementary architectural representation with a generational and propositional role within the design process. Artists' books in particular - that is, a book made as an original work of art, with an artist, designer or architect as author - have certain qualities and characteristics, quite different from the conventional presentation and documentation of architecture. Paginal sequentiality, the structure and objecthood of the book, and the act of reading create possibilities for the book as a site for architectural imagining and discourse. In this way, the form of the book affects how the architectural work is conceived, constructed and read. In five main sections, Binding Space examines the relationships between the drawing, the building and the book. It proposes thinking through the book as a form of spatial practice, one in which the book is cast as object, outcome, process and tool. Through the book, we read spatial practice anew

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Published London: Routledge, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Marian Macken
ISBN: 1351266438, 9781351266437
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 230 pages.
Series: Design research in architecture
Subject: City & town planning: architectural aspects; Art and architecture.; Architecture; Theory of architecture; The arts: general issues; Industrial / commercial art & design; Artists' books.; Space (Architecture) in art.; Art and Design.; History of art
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Design research in architecture.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781472483232


  1. Part I Field: the scope of the book.
  2. 1. Artists’ books: historical context
  3. 2 Qualities and characteristics of artists’ books
  4. 3 Architecture and printed media
  5. 4 Recording time, place and memory
  6. Part II Page: the book as cumulation
  7. 5 The line within architectural documentation
  8. 6 Architectural drawing and the page
  9. Part III Volume: the book as vessel
  10. 7 The objecthood of the book
  11. 8 The book as folded model
  12. 9 The temporality of interiority
  13. Part IV Series: the book as sequence
  14. 10 The reproducibility of drawings / buildings / books
  15. 11 The book as exhibition
  16. Conclusion
  17. Bibliography
  18. Index