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ARCHITECTURE AND RITUAL: HOW BUILDINGS SHAPE SOCIETY. Peter Blundell Jones. Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2016. 388 pp. with 306 ills. 26 x 18 cm. ISBN 9781472577474 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 171589. Publisher's description: Architecture and Ritual explores how the varied rituals of everyday life are framed and defined in space by the buildings which we inhabit. It penetrates beyond traditional assumptions about architectural style, aesthetics and utility to deal with something more implicit: how buildings shape and reflect our experience in ways of which we remain unconscious. Whether designed to house a grand ceremony or provide shelter for a daily meal, all buildings coordinate and consolidate social relations by giving orientation and focus to the spatial practices of those who use them. Peter Blundell Jones investigates these connections between the social and the spatial, providing critical insights into the capacity for architecture to structure human ritual, from the grand and formal to the mundane. This is achieved through deep readings of individual pieces of architecture, each with a detailed description of its particular social setting and use. The case studies are drawn from throughout architectural history and from around the globe, each enabling a distinct theoretical theme to emerge, and showing how social conventions vary with time and place, as well as what they have in common.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Architecture
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 171588
Hardcover $128.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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