The Architecture of Space - The Space of Architecture
A Historical survey of Space and Architecture by Lars Marcussen
The book deals with spatial perception and cognition, and outlines the history of cultural space from ‘the beginning’ to the turn of the 20th century, with particular attention to the history of architecture.
The theoretical framing of the historical exposition is inspired by the by the Swiss epistemologist and psychologist Jean Piaget, founder of Genetic Structuralism. Within this framework, cultural development appears as a process which, driven by an inherent dynamic, leads from a natural base level through levels of increasing complexity - a view of culture and history that is usually designated evolutionism.
For several decades now, structuralism and evolutionism have been discredited in leading academic circles, where various forms of cultural and historical relativism have been adopted instead. To illuminate the problem, the Piaget-inspired view is confronted with conceptions of space and history advanced by the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, whose work has exerted a strong influence since the 1990s on the humanities and social sciences, and on important movements in art and architecture.