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Architecture Meets Literature
LSU Professor Co-Edits Architecture Book


The volume is comprised of 18 compiled essays on the interconnections between architecture and literature. Within, an international body of academics, architects and theoreticians develop a dialogue that relates fiction -- novels in specific -- to research, teaching and current architectural practices. The volume is co-edited by Yoonchun Jung, currently an assistant professor at the Department of Architecture of Kwangwoon University in South Korea.
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Professor Angeliki Sioli, from the Louisiana State University's College of Art & Design, is a licensed architect in Greece. She obtained her professional diploma in architecture from the University of Thessaly, Greece, and was granted a post-professional master's in architectural theory and history by the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. She completed her PhD in history and theory of architecture at McGill University, Canada in 2015 and authored the article "Discovering 'Paris and its Folds, Paris and its Faces'," part of the text.
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Angeliki Sioli, assistant professor of architecture, co-edited Reading Architecture; Literary Imagination and Architectural Experience, a collection of essays on architecture and literature published by Routledge in 2018.

The book builds on the existing interdisciplinary bibliography on architecture and literature, but prioritizes literature's capacity to talk about the lived experience of place and the premise that literary language can often express the inexpressible. It sheds light on the importance of a literary instead of a pictorial imagination for architects and it looks into four contemporary architectural subjects through a wide variety of literary works. Drawing on novels that engage cities from around the world, the book reveals aspects of urban space to which other means of architectural representation are blind.

Whether through novels that employ historical buildings or sites interpreted through specific literary methods, the text suggests a range of methodologies for contemporary architectural academic research. By exploring the power of narrative language in conveying the experience of lived space, it discusses its potential for architectural design and pedagogy.

Questioning the massive architectural production of today's globalized capital-driven world, Reading Architecture turns to literature for ways to understand, resist or suggest alternative paths for architectural practice. Despite literature's fictional character, the essays of this volume reveal true dimensions of and for places beyond their historical, social and political reality; dimensions of utmost importance for architects, urban planners, historians and theoreticians nowadays.

Editor's Note: This article was republished with express written permission by the LSU College of Art & Design and can be read in full HERE.

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