Controversies, Communication and the Body
  • ISSN 0929-0907
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9943
Buy:$35.00 + Taxes
  • Coordination, negotiation, and social attention

    The presence of others and the constitution of extraordinary architectural space

  • Author(s): Oren Bader 1  and Aya Peri Bader 2
  • View Affiliations Hide Affiliations
    1 The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University
    2 David Azrieli School of Architecture, Faculty of the Arts, Tel Aviv University
  • Source: Pragmatics & Cognition, Volume 23, Issue 3, Jan 2016, p. 416 - 436
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/pc.23.3.06bad
    • Version of Record published : 10 Jul 2017


Living with others is a key factor shaping our urban life. Their bodily presence scaffolds our social world and is involved in the way the built environment appears to us. In this article we highlight the influence of the embodied presence of other human beings on the constitution of a special type of urban architecture — the extraordinary architectural space. Our analysis, which lies at the intersection between architecture, phenomenology and cognitive science, suggests that being in the direct presence of others constitutes this extraordinary architectural space in the sense that it transforms the built setting into a negotiated place and reveals for the subject some of its extraordinary properties. The architectural examples we discuss show that these intersubjective advantages are often embedded in and encouraged by the design of such built objects.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...

  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Architecture; Built Space; Extraordinary; Intersubjectivity; Social attention
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was successful
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error