Ceilings and Dreams
The Architecture of Levity
Coordinators: Emmons Paul, Goffi Federica, La Coe JodiLanguage: Anglais
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Where is the space for dreaming in the twenty-first century? Lofty thoughts, like dreams, are born and live overhead, just as they have been represented in Renaissance paintings and modern cartoons. Ceilings are often repositories of stories, events and otherwise invisible oneiric narratives. Yet, environments that inspire innovative thinking are dwindling as our world confronts enormous challenges, and almost all of our thinking, debating and decision-making takes place under endless ceiling grids. Quantitative research establishes that spaces with taller ceilings elicit broader, more creative thoughts. Today, ceilings are usually squat conduits of technology: they have become the blind spot of modern architecture. The twenty essays in this book look across cultures, places and ceilings over time to discover their potential to uplift the human spirit. Not just one building element among many, the ceiling is a key to unlock the architectural imagination.
Ceilings and Dreams aims to correct this blind spot and encourages architects and designers, researchers and students, to look up through writings organized into three expansive categories: reveries, suspensions and inversions. The contributors contemplate the architecture of levity and the potential of the ceiling, once again, as a place for dreaming.
1. From Below Upwards: An Introduction to Ceilings and DreamsPaul EmmonsReverie 2. Cloud Nine: A Lover’s Guide Don Kunze 3. From the Igluvigaq to the Sila: Ceilings in the Inuit Imagination Émélie Desrochers-Turgeon 4. Hagia Sophia’s Dome: A Mythopoeic Dreamspace Tugce Akinci 5. Dreaming the Body: Filarete’s DisegnoBerrin Terim 6. Eleven Angels in the Ceiling of Flames: Architectural Speculations in the Ducal Library of Urbino Tracey Eve Winton 7. Nightmares of Broken Ceilings: The Shell, the God and the Mold Karima Benbih Suspense 8. Perplexing Ceiling Structures: Dreaming the Details of the Broken Beam in the Chongming Temple Qi Zhu 9. The Plafond as a Place of Transmutation: Architecture of Levity in the Eighteenth Century Louise Pelletier 10. Storywork. Henry Chapman Mercer’s Cast-in-Place Tile Vaults and the Invention of Practice Luc Phinney 11. Ceilings of Infinite Extension: Konrad Wachsmann’s Mediating ‘Overhead’ Ezgi İşbilen 12. Under-Standing Counter-ceilings: The Multiverse of Gazing and Listening in the Ambiances by Carlo Scarpa and Luigi Nono Federica Goffi 13. Cracked but not Broken: Material and Culture of the Glass Ceiling Aki Ishida Inversion 14. The Nightmare of Condensation Jonathan Foote and Carolina Dayer 15. Dreaming the Fourth Dimension: László Moholy-Nagy’s Inversions Jodi La Coe 16. Life, Superceiling Kieran Connolly 17. Three Ghosts and a Baldachin: Boredom and (Day)dreaming in Two Drawings by Saul Steinberg Andreea Mihalache 18. A Theater of Architectural Monsters Sam Ridgway 19. The Architect Inside–Out: Sangath, Ahmedabad Office of Balkrishna Doshi Pallavi Swaranjali 20. Looking down to Look upMarcia F. Feuerstein Index