The Architect as Magician

1st Edition

Albert C. Smith, Kendra Schank Smith

May 6, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 232 Pages - 49 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138326712 - CAT# K392436
Series: Routledge Research in Architecture

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The Architect as Magician explores the connection between magic and architecture. There is a belief that a greater understanding of the meaning of magic provides insights about architecture and architects’ design process. Architects influence the effects of nature through the making of their buildings. In an analogous condition, magicians perform rituals in an attempt to influence the forces of nature. This book argues that architects could gain much by incorporating ideas from magic into their design process.

The book demonstrates through historical and current examples the important influence magic has had on the practice of architecture. The authors explain how magic helps us to understand the way we infuse architecture with meaning and how magic affects and inspires architectural creation.

Aimed at architects, students, scholars and researchers The Architect as Magician helps readers discover the ambiguous and spiritual elements in their design process.

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