Architecture in the Space of Flows

by Andrew Ballantyne, Christopher Smith

Traditionally, architecture has been preoccupied with the resolution of form. That concern helps to make photogenic buildings, which have received a great deal of attention. This book looks instead at the idea of the flows, which connects things together and moves between things. It is more difficult to discuss, but more necessary, because it is what makes things work. Architects have to think about flow – the flow of people through buildings, the flow of energy into buildings, and waste out of them – but usually the effects of flow do not find expression. The essays gathered here present a collection of exploratory ideas and offer an understanding of buildings, people and settlements through concepts of flow.


  • Taylor and Francis; December 2012
  • ISBN: 9781135722807
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Architecture in the Space of Flows
  • Author: Andrew Ballantyne (ed.); Christopher Smith (ed.)
  • Imprint: Routledge

In The Press

"Provides remarkable insights into how architecture can be conceptualized not in, but 'as a space of flows'.Erdkunde


About The Author

Andrew Ballantyne is Professor of Architecture at Newcastle University, UK. His books include What is Architecture?, Deleuze and Guattari for Architects and Architecture Theory.

Chris L. Smith is an Associate Professor in Architectural Design and Techné and is an Associate Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Sydney. His research is concerned with the interdisciplinary nexus of philosophy, biology and architectural theory.