Between Noise and Silence: Architecture since the 1970s

Alexandra Brown
Andrew Leach


This essay considers noise in architectural discourse as it might lend form to issues hitherto tabled in rather different terms. We ask what noise offers this discussion or, perhaps better put, what seeing architectural debates in terms of distinctions between noise and silence, random and structured sound, silence as absence and pregnant void might add to disciplinary debates within architectural theory and criticism. By treating these acoustic values analogously rather than literally we wish to suggest that reading the late postmodern moment through this filter opens out new possibilities for a critical assessment of this period and its present-day legacies.


Tafuri, Manfredo; Quartiere Gallaratese (Milan); Holl, Stephen; Zumthor, Peter; Office Kersten Geers; David van Severan

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