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AUDITIONS: ARCHITECTURE AND AURALITY. Rob Stone. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2015. 252 pp. with 87 ills. 20 x 20 cm. LC 2014-34233 ISBN 9780262028868 In English.
Publisher's description: In Auditions, Rob Stone proposes a new and transformative view of architecture and sound. He offers a radical rethinking of the inhabitation of architectural space in terms of its acoustic dimensions, presenting a concept of aurality as an active, speculative, yet conditional understanding of the complexity of social spaces. The aural architectures he discusses are assembled from elements of architecture and music--including works by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and John Cage--but also from imagined spaces and other kinds of less obviously musical sounds. Stone presents a series of aural-architecture moments, each of which brings architectural space into conversational relationships with extra-architectural concepts and perceptions, often suggested by other art forms and social practices. He considers, for example, the acoustic themes of a silent movie; Greg Louganis's failed dive at the Seoul Olympics and the moral values attached to water in architecture; the custodianship of high culture at a second-hand classical record shop in London; and hair (as in the conductor's hairstyle) as a mediating form between music and architectural space.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1945 — Architecture
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 164511
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