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On Surface and Place

by Peta Carlin

Part of the Ashgate Studies in Architecture Series

On Surface and Place Synopsis

On Surface and Place is a rich and poetic exploration of surfaces which foregrounds their significance in our understanding and experience of place. Adopting weaving as its overarching metaphor, it departs from Gottfried Semper's discussion of correspondences between architecture and textiles, and emerges from the reading of photographs, a swatch of Harris Tweed and curtain wall facade juxtaposed. In juxtaposing the fabric of the city with the weave of Harris Tweed the book charts an original course across a range of connected ideas and questions, combining many different themes, writers and disciplines. It presents integrated and innovative rethinkings on a number of fundamental relationships, including correlations between body and building, word and image, and between the rural and the metropolitan, and the hand-crafted and the mass-reproduced. In doing so, it seeks to foreground the very interrelationship of surface and place, as it makes a claim for the relational nature of the world in which we live.

On Surface and Place Press Reviews

On Surface and Place invents a compositional theory of matter and idea. The ontology of weaving meets architectural surface as an opening for thought and practice. Peta Carlin skillfully and beautifully creates a cartography in which social, material, aesthetic and political registers touch. Kathleen C. Stewart, Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, USA Between her photographs of Melbourne's curtain wall facades and memories of travels to the Outer Hebrides, Carlin weaves lines of thought from art, architecture, literature, and philosophy, into a poetic, thought-provoking topography. Jeff Malpas, Distinguished Professor, University of Tasmania, Australia.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780367502164
Publication date: 23rd March 2020
Author: Peta Carlin
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 174 pages
Categories: Theory of architecture, The arts: general issues, Architecture, Human geography,

About Peta Carlin

Peta Carlin is an artist and an essayist. She holds a PhD, along with a Bachelor degree in architecture, and an Honours and a Masters degree in fine art imaging. She is currently a Lecturer at the Department of Architecture, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, P.R. China.

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