Dept. of Architecture

ARC 564: Architecture and Society

Instructor: Edward Steinfeld


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This page lists resources for the course including Readings and Links to useful web sites. 


All the articles are on reserve at the School of Architecture and Planning Library and in the Course Pack available at Queen City Imaging, 3100 Main St. University Heights, tel. 832 8100. It is desirable to buy the coursepack so that you have ready access to the readings during class. Each set of readings must be read by the date the respective unit is scheduled (See Schedule). Examine your Course Pack carefully when purchasing it to insure that all readings are included and in their entirety. They may be out of order. Bring any omissions (unless they are the fault of the copy center) to the attention of the instructor at the beginning of the semester so any missing material can be provided.

Claiming Space - Territory and Personal Space

Porteous, J.D. Territoriality. In Environment and Behavior. Reading MA: Addison-Wesley, 1997, pp. 19-30

Porteous, J.D. Microspace behavior: personal space. In Environment and Behavior. Reading MA: Addison-Wesley, 1997, pp. 31-60

Freiman, Ziva. Hype vs. reality: the changing workplace. Progressive Architecture, March 1994, pp. 48-55.

Information Flows - Privacy

Altman, Irwin and Martin Chemers. Privacy, In Culture and Environment. New York: Cambridge U. Press, 1984, pp 75-100

Archea, John. The place of architectural factors in behavioral theories of privacy. J. of Social Issues. Vol. 33, No. 3, 1977, pp. 116-137.

Viladas, Pilar and Rand, George. The road to recovery. Progressive Architecture, July, 1988, pp. 67-75. (read articles and also study plans carefully for visual access and exposure features)

Organizing Space - Spatial Syntax

Hillier, Bill and Hanson, Julienne. Buildings and their genotypes. In The Social logic of Space. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 143-175.

Steinfeld, E. Syntactic Analysis at a Glance (a brief description of Gamma analysis that will help in deciphering the text of Hillier and Hanson’s articles).

Kitchener City Hall, Madison Town Hall, Solon City Hall, Jefferson County Human Services. Excerpts from P/A Plans, Progressive Architecture, March, 1993. (7 pgs. - study building plans carefully for spatial syntax characteristics, particularly depth and control issues) .

Constructing Social Worlds - Symbolic Interaction

Shibutani, Tamotsu. Reference groups as perspectives, Manis, Jerome and Bernard Meltzer (eds). Symbolic Interaction: A Reader in Social Psychology. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1972 (ISBN 0-205-03447-0), pp 160-171.

Michelson, William. Determinism by the urban environment. In Man and his Urban Environment. Reading: Addison-Wesley, 1976, pp. 168-190.

Crosbie, Michael J. Dissecting the Salk, A talk with Salk, Add and Subtract, and Benedikt, Michael, Between beakers and beatitudes. in Progressive Architecture, October, 1993, 15 pgs.

Resource on cognitive mapping: Duncan, Susana. Mental maps of New York. New York, Dec. 19, 1977, pp. 51-63.

Architecture as Signification - Semiotics

Chandler, D. Semiotics for Beginners. Published on web site ( Note: the version in the coursepack is the one you should read, not the website, which has been revised.

Arcidi, Philip. Learning by the rules. Progressive Architecture, December, 1993, pp. 42-49 .

Zeisel, John. Chap. 7 Observing physical traces. Inquiry by Design. Monterey: Brooks Cole, 1981, pp. 89-110.

The Iron Cage

Ritzer, George. An introduction to Mcdonaldization. In The Macdonaldization of Society. Thousand. Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press, 1993. pp. 1-33.

Fortress Architecture

Taylor, Ralph B. Crime prevention through environmental design. In Bechtel, Robert, B. and Churchman, Arza (Eds.) Handbook of Environmental Psychology, New York: John Wiley, 2002, pp. 413-426

Davis, Mike. Fortress Los Angeles: The militarization of urban space, Sorkin, Michael (ed). Variations of a Theme Park: The New American City and the End of Public Space. New York: Hill and Wang, 1992, pp154-180.


Gendered Spaces

Weisman, Leslie K. The home as a metaphor for society. In Discrimination by Design, A Feminist Critique of the Man-Made Environment. Champaign, IL: U. of Illinois Press, 1992. pp. 86-123

Themed Environments

Gottdiener, Mark. The themed culture and themed environments, from The Theming of America. Boulder CO: Westview Press, 1997, pp. 67-97.


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