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Autotelic Architecture: A collection of architectural stories
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Autotelisk Arkitektur : En samling arkitektoniska berättelser (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

• Autotelic Architecture is a collection of buildings with architectural stories.

• The buildings included are described with black line drawings on white paper and a supplementary text. The drawings have been stripped down to only show walls, pillars, stairs, ramps and significant objects. Together the drawing and the text describes what story is told in the building through its architectural elements.

• The reason to include a building in the collection is our recognition of a story within it.

• All of the buildings in the collection have been built.

• Each of the buildings in the collection hold a story thought of as relevant, communicated with spaces and objects. The relevance is based on an incomplete set of attributes, indicating a strong architectural story.

• The buildings are categorized in different themes. For example, the theme of labyrinths describe buildings that are of a maze like nature, schizophrenic describe buildings with multiple logics and nothingness describe buildings appearing to be almost nothing. One building can be part of several themes, and the number of themes is not fixed.

• The intention is to visualize the nature of the architectural story and to provide a conceptual inventory for further development of architectural stories. We believe that from telling stories with only the configuration of a buildings physical conditions there arises a direct intellectual stimulation which adds poetic depth to the building.

• This book argues that the poetical aspects of architecture has a purpose in itself and should take precedence over the technical aspects.

• This book is not a manual and can therefore not be seen as dogmatic or as a recipe for architecture. It is a body of strong architectural stories that deserve to be noted and shared.

• This book does not take a stand against other forms of architecture, it simply proposes a language of designing that is both serious and happy, both literal and tentative, both enigmatic and real.

Abstract [sv]

• Autotelisk Arkitektur är en samling av byggnader med arkitektoniska berättelser.

• Byggnaderna är beskrivna med hjälp av planer och text. Planerna har blivit reducerade för att enbart visa väggar, pelare, trappor, ramper och signifikanta objekt. Tillsammans beskriver planen och texten den berättelse byggnaden berättar genom sina arkitektoniska element.

• Alla byggnader i samlingen har byggts.

• Byggnaderna är kategoriserade i olika teman. En byggnad kan vara part av flera teman och antalet teman är inte fast.

• Intentionen är att visualisera arkitektoniska berättelser och tillgängliggöra en konceptuell inventering för vidare utveckling av arkitektoniska berättelser. Vi tror att genom att berätta historier genom enbart en byggnads rumsliga konfiguration uppstår det en intellektuell stimulering vilket skapar poetiskt djup i en byggnad.

• Boken föreslår ett formgivningsspråk som är både seriöst och glatt, både bokstavligt och sökande, både enigmatiskt och verkligt. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 259 p.
Keyword [en]
plan analysis, broken technical objects, cultural production
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-146327OAI: diva2:723957
Educational program
Master of Architecture - Architecture
Available from: 2014-12-29 Created: 2014-06-11 Last updated: 2015-05-11Bibliographically approved

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