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Narrative of Space

Hakan Keleş

Published Apr 14, 2021

Narrative of Space defines almost vice versa of narrative space; the narrative in real life. Each experience in physical environment on a temporal context could considered as a fragmental narrative.  Social scientists have  engaged notions of narrative to argue that identities and lives are ‘storied’ in a  fundamental, ontological sense; where narrating, as a practice, is an a priori  enabling mode of action and agency. (Bieger, Maruo-Schröder, 2016) Bernard Tschumi explores the constant interaction and correlation between the formal construction of spaces and the complex activities and events that take place within them. That is, Tschumi’s research on space and its content can be related to the correlation between the language aspect of spatial form and narratives in the space. (Tseng, 2015) In relation to the relationship between literary narrative and architecture Tschumi suggests that „the unfolding of events in a literary context inevitably suggests parallels to the unfolding of events in architecture.‟ (Tschumi, 1990) Nigel Coates and Sophia Psarra should also be read on this topic.


Bieger, L. and Maruo-Schröder, N. (2016). “Space, Place, and Narrative”: A Short Introduction. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, vol. 64, no. 1.

Tseng, C, (1995) Narrative and the Substance of Architectural Spaces: The Design of Memorial Architecture as an Example. Athens Journal of Architecture, Vol. 1, no 2.

Tschumi, B. (1990). Questions of Space, Architectural Association, London.

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