Friday, September 06, 2013

News: 'The Laboratory of Literary Architecture'

An interesting side-project by architect Matteo Pericoli looks at how architecture can be used to assist in the process of creative writing. In a workshop called 'The Laboratory of Literary Architecture', Pericoli brought together students from both disciplines to examine how the principles of architectural design might be used to construct literary spaces. The result are these intricate and conceptual architecture models which are literary representations of the narrative structures of texts chosen by the students.

As part of the project, each student has interpreted their chosen text to consider it afresh from a structural point of view. Having considered the 'structure', they then collaborated with architecture students to construct 3D-models which challenge the rigidity of language with words to think about how meaning is achieved through space and form. Thinking about the similar objectives of writers and architects at the start of their creative processes helps the idea to seem less far-fetched. Pericoli explains how both disciplines are tasked with immersing their audience in spaces which they have imagined and brought to life. The Observer have included an article on the project by the architect which you can read in full here.

This reminds us of New Zealand student Pip Adam's commentary on the influence of architecture on her PhD in creative writing and has got us thinking about the cross-pollination of ideas across the creative arts. Read more in our previous blog post