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Architecture from the Inside Out: From the Body, the Senses, the Site and the Community, 2nd Edition



Architecture from the Inside Out: From the Body, the Senses, the Site and the Community, 2nd Edition

Karen A. Franck, R. Bianca Lepori

ISBN: 978-0-470-05783-4 June 2007 200 Pages

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Introducing a basis for design that transcends fixed notions of style and emerging technologies, this book emphasizes feeling, moving and the experiential. Since the book's initial publication in 2000, architects and writers have been drawn to a more sensory approach to architecture. But there is still a need to encourage and to illustrate the pursuit of design, not as a project, imposing preconceived ideas upon a situation, but as a process evolving from the inside - from movement, sensation, surroundings and a dialogue between architect and client. The authors describe such an approach that places human life, experience and materiality at the centre of design and that seeks out opportunities for discovery, growth and transformation.

Karen A. Franck is an environmental psychologist who has taught for many years in the New Jersey School of Architecture. R. Bianca Lepori is a practicing architect in Italy with many years of experience in designing houses and maternity health care facilities.

Praise for the first edition:

Franck and Lepori believe [architecture] should be more alive and take its character from the human body. When similarly designed from the inside out, rather than being austere and devoid of sensibilities, buildings would offer spatial sensations that connect with people.
Beverly Russell, Executive Director, Archeworks

The authors use...contemporary lenses as phenomenology and feminism to guide us on our journey through buildings. They trace the haptic qualities of architecture back through the design process with both daring and documentation.
Deborah Gans, Architect and Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

This book should be required reading for all architectural and design students as well as for all those individuals who are responsible for making decisions that influence our built environment.
Wayne Ruga, Founder, Symposium on Healthcare Design and the Center for Health Design.

Preface to the First Edition.

Chapter 1 Inside, Outside, and Inside out (Karen A. Franck).

Chapter 2 From the Body (Karen A. Franck).

Chapter 3 The Animism of Architecture (R. Bianca Lepori).

Chapter 4 Space Therapy (R. Bianca Lepori).

Chapter 5 Product and Process (R. Bianca Lepori and Karen A. Franck).

Chapter 6 Balancing Opposites (Karen A. Franck).




Authors Biographies.

Praise for the First Edition.


includes both a new preface by both authors and also new postscripts, featuring new projects and ideas.
  • On reading lists of main architecture courses in US
  • Seminal architectural text
  • Pertinent issues that do not go ‘out of date’ – long shelf life
  • It can be associated with other titles aimed at students and interior designers

Today, with all the information architecture students are expected to absorb and the myriad aspects of design they are directed to consider, technological and stylistic qualities of buildings tend to receive prime attention. What should be central to the endeavour of students and practitioners -- the needs, activities and experiences of people -- is often neglected. Architecture from the Inside Out returns these concerns to their rightful place: as generators of design decisions.

To meet this objective the book presents design not as a pro-ject, imposing preconceived ideas upon a situation but as a pro-cess, evolving from within: from the desires and activities of people, from site and context and from a dialogue between architect and client. This approach, recognizing current tendencies toward abstraction and objectification in architecture and architecture education, addresses the objective and the subjective, the body and the mind, sight and touch, the practical and the symbolic, as intertwined.

Architecture curricula are usually divided into distinct and separate domains: design studio, architectural history, technology and, possibly, courses in human behaviour or human factors. The opportunity to discover how these domains of knowledge are interdependent is prevented by the structuring of knowledge. Students are expected to integrate these different domains themselves in their design projects. Architecture from the Inside Out will aid architecture students in that effort by exploring the interdependencies among space, matter, human activity and experience and suggesting how design can enhance these connections. It seeks to integrate what is so often kept separate. Teachers' experience in assigning Architecture Inside Out shows that students appreciate both the orientation and the examples it provides.

Since 2000, when Architecture Inside Out was published, the need for such a book has only grown stronger. The increasing reliance on the computer, in school and in offices, can make design projects even more abstract, more disembodied and more distant from actual human experiences of spaces, textures and things. At the same time however, the increasing number of design-build programs and community design problems in architecture schools bring students face to face with real clients and actual conditions and materials; these situations require students' understanding of the topics Architecture from Within addresses. Similarly, the growing imperative to design green buildings requires greater consideration of use, materials and site and of design as a process.

Architecture from the Inside Out will include recent, illustrated cases of buildings and other designed settings that do address the body, movement, human experiences of space and texture and everyday needs. These may well include work by Freecell, Denise Ho, Billie Tsien and Todd Williams, Walter Hood, Herzog and de Meuron and OMA. These projects and several recent or upcoming books indicate a growing interest in materiality and in giving primary attention to human needs and experience and patterns of movement. A second edition of Architecture Inside Out will be able to recognize, and to celebrate, these trends.