Visual Research Methods in Architecture (Book)

This book uses visual research methods to investigate architecture, landscape design and interior architecture. It presents a diverse selection of interdisciplinary approaches for the architect or architectural researcher to use their gaze as part of their research practice for the purpose of visual literacy.

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This book offers a distinctive approach to the use of visual methodologies for qualitative architectural research. It presents a diverse selection of ways for the architect or architectural researcher to use their gaze as part of their research practice for the purpose of visual literacy. Its contributors explore and use ‘critical visualizations’, which employ observation and sociocultural critique through visual creations – texts, drawings, diagrams, paintings, visual texts, photography, film and their hybrid forms – in order to research architecture, landscape design and interior architecture. The visual methods intersect with those used in ethnography, anthropology, visual culture and media studies. In presenting a range of interdisciplinary approaches, Visual Methodologies in Architectural Research opens up territory for new forms of visual architectural scholarship.

Igea Troiani is a Professor of Architecture at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China. She is an academic, architect and filmmaker who has worked in Oxford, UK; Australia and Germany. Her publications include Architecture Filmmaking (2019), Transdisciplinary Urbanism and Culture: From Pedagogy to Praxis  (2017) and The Politics of Making (2007). She is founding editor-in-chief of the award-winning journal, Architecture and Culture.

Suzanne Ewing is Professor of Architectural Criticism at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and director of Zone Architects. Her publications include Architecture and Field/Work (2011) and she is co-editor of the award-winning journal Architecture and Culture.

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