Meaning and Aesthetics in Architecture

Book Format
1 Introduction
2 From Things toward Meaning
2.1 Things and things in themselves
2.2 Objects and concepts
2.3 Understanding and judgment
2.4 Observable and relational properties
2.5 Function and complexity
3 Our World of Signs
3.1 Signs and communication
3.2 Iconic, symbolic and indexical signs
3.3 Semantics, pragmatics and syntactics
3.4 Interpretation and metaphor
3.5 Unity of content and form
4 The Aesthetics of Experience
4.1 Emotions and feelings
4.2 Aspects of beauty
4.3 Aesthetics and the aesthetic
4.4 Objects and "their" aesthetic
5 Type, Style and Ornament
5.1 Concepts and resemblances
5.2 Type and objectivity
5.3 Style and subjectivity
5.4 Configuration and ornamentation
6 Cause and Effect in Design
6.1 Cause, effect, change and event
6.2 World and mind in causation
World-to-world causation
World-to-mind causation
Mind-to-world causation
Mind-to-mind causation
6.3 Powers of preference
6.4 Purpose, context and realization
Programming for purposes
Realization in context
7 Language, Meaning and Design Narratives
7.1 Language and thought
7.2 Language of and language about architecture
7.3 'Measurements' of meaning
7.4 Design Narratives
From form to content and from content to form
A Stair in the Roth Residence, Weil am Rhein
The Philharmonic Hall, Berlin
The Biomedical Sciences Research Center,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
8 Meaning as Zeitgeist
8.1 Virtuality and reality
8.2 Complexity and inclusion
8.3 Sustainability and outlook
Notes and Bibliographical References
Illustration credits and other illustration information