Unresolved Legibility In Ten Residential Types
- Unresolved Legibility In Ten Residential Types - featuring nearly 100 new drawings, diagrams, and images - finds delight in the familiarity of the American quotidian house as a source for architectural analysis, interpretation, and projective possibilities linked to their received histories
- Neither a style guide, nor a field guide, this book features drawings, diagrams, and images that analytically and conceptually shift the arc of social, cultural, and architectural attention from a canon of icons to the fabric of everyday neighbourhoods
Architectural legibility requires both visual clarity of a building’s appearance such that its formal, spatial, and material compositions can be comprehended, as well as a certain clarity of the its social, cultural, and political histories. While the term legibility carries a connotation of conclusiveness or objective qualifications, legibility in architecture is most often inconclusive and unresolved. Such unresolved legibility is particularly visible in houses, which are the source of inquiry in this project. This project proposes new understandings and interpretations of American residential architecture by investigating and graphically illustrating the forms, spaces, and histories of ten residential types.
Perhaps no genre of architecture has been written about more than ‘the house’. As long-standing subjects of architectural discourse, cultural reflection, and experimentation, houses represent a confluence of architectural and broader cultural phenomena. The house is not only susceptible to, but in fact requires renewal and re-imagination; as an architectural type it reflects shifting societal values and the constant reconstruction of meaning that this shifting entails. Such social, cultural, political and contextual circumstances can best be evaluated under the rubric of legibility. While this might at first seem like an objective undertaking, legibility in architecture is indeterminate and unresolved, revealing the intertwining of architectural expressions with broader cultural circumstances.
- ORO Editions
- 6th Nov 2019
- Paperback / softback
- 254 mm x 203 mm
- 220 Pages
- 200 color, b&w