Drawing on cultural theory, phenomenology and concepts from Asian art and philosophy, this book reflects on the role of interpretation in the act of architectural creation, bringing an intellectual and scholarly dimension to real-world architectural design practice. For practising architects as well as academic researchers, these essays consider interpretation from three theoretical standpoints or themes: play, edification and otherness. Focusing on these, the book draws together strands of thought informed by the diverse reflections of hermeneutical scholarship, the uses of digital media and studio teaching and practice.

chapter |20 pages

Architecture and coherence

part 1|60 pages


chapter 1|27 pages

Architectural hermeneutics

chapter 2|10 pages

Playing by the rules

chapter 3|12 pages

Creativity as commonplace

part 2|64 pages


chapter 4|22 pages

The disintegrated curriculum

chapter 5|5 pages

Ethics and practice

chapter 6|12 pages

Design assessment

chapter 7|14 pages

Design amnesia

part 3|112 pages


chapter 8|12 pages

The fusion of horizons

chapter 9|16 pages

A world of difference

chapter 10|22 pages

Myth, mandala and metaphor

chapter 11|17 pages

Translating tradition

chapter 12|18 pages

Thinking through the gap

chapter 13|12 pages

Random thoughts on the Way

chapter 14|2 pages

Coda Architecture as interpretation

Design as disclosure