Space and Social Behaviour: An exploration of the relationship between space and patterns of use in three London libraries

The relationship between space and function has been one of the key defining questions in modernism. However, as Bill Hillier explains, ‘[o]ne scours the architectural manifestos of the twentieth century in vain for a thorough going statement of a determinism from spatial form to function, or its inverse’. Yet, there is a relationship of some... Continue Reading →

‘Books are not made to be believed but to be subjected to inquiry’: space, language and theories of knowledge in Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose

If architecture creates stories, can stories create architecture? So the essay of Mariana Garcia Fajardo - a student in my Architectural Phenomena module in the SSAC MSc at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL - begins addressing Umberto Eco’s design of the library in his acclaimed novel The Name of the Rose. For Mariana, the... Continue Reading →

Human figures and inhabited space in 742 Evergreen Terrace: An analysis of The Simpsons’ house, popular culture and social behaviour

Can narrative expressions in mass media help us understand contemporary social behaviour in domestic spaces? Gustavo Maldonado, a student in my Architectural Phenomena module at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL (2019-20) raised this question for his final essay in the module. He began by explaining that from ancient stone drawings to current TV-shows, humans... Continue Reading →

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