This chapter sets out to explore how literary language can offer methods to investigate the complex affective relations between citizens and urban space. The affective relationships that people establish with places are simultaneously conscious and embodied, material and conceptual, spatial and temporal. In these relationships, the notion of atmosphere appears as a mediating force. Using some fragments of my own literary texts, I investigate a number of thresholds of architectural experience, such as subject-object, individual-collective, naivety-expertise, here-there, parts-whole. By these means, I aim to show how literary language, which by definition deals with such thresholds, offers possibilities to conceptualize and evoke atmospheres in writing.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Companion on Architecture Literature and the City|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
- architectural experience