Edited by Peter Blundell Jones and Mark Meagher, Routledge December 2014
The experience of movement, of moving through buildings, cities, landscapes and in everyday life, is the only involvement most individuals have with the built environment on a daily basis. An exciting new publication, Architecture and Movement, tackles this complex subject for the first time. This book embraces contributions from SSoA members of staff and students as well as a number of academics from the University of Sheffield. A launch event will be held on Tuesday 3 March, 2-4pm in the Arts Tower.
Editor, Professor Peter Blundell Jones, explains “So often architecture is judged from a single image, and yet we all know that our homes and workplaces are not just facades, but sequences of rooms with purposes and associations. Yet movement in architecture is a curiously neglected subject, picked up by some architects as a significant experience, but more often treated as mere ‘circulation’. In a series of essays taking a wide range of viewpoints, Architecture and Movement seeks to re-establish ‘on foot’ as the primary experience, and draws attention to spatial memory as our main means of location.”
The book launch has lined up some acclaimed interdisciplinary speakers from the University including:
- Professor Peter Jackson (Department of Geography)
- Dr Jan Woudstra (Department of Landscape)
- Professor Peter Blundell Jones (School of Architecture)
- Dr Mark Meagher (School of Architecture)
- Professor Doina Petrescu (University of Sheffield)
- John Sergeant (Emeritus Fellow at Robinson College, Cambridge)
Dr Mark Meagher said: “We’re very happy that research from the School of Architecture and the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield is so well represented in the book, thanks in large part to the lecture series from which the book originated and which many members of staff from both schools contributed to. We’re also delighted that the book has provided an opportunity for colleagues who may not often publish in the same venue to be part of a shared project.
The last section of the book addresses issues of representation including digital modelling and the design of interactive spaces, and the book provides an important context for discussion of this topic in relation to other aspects of embodied experience. This feeds directly into a masters course I teach on and it provides a great opportunity for research led teaching in the School”