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Textiles & Architecture: Analysing how the curtain evokes characteristics of space in architecture

Part 2 Dissertation 2019
Amber Barnaby
Arts University Bournemouth | UK
This essay investigates the use of textiles in architecture and in particular the curtain. It will argue for textiles to be understood as an integral part of architectural design, rooted in collaboration, rather than as an afterthought in the design process. Drawing on Gottfried Semper’s The Four Elements of Architecture and Anni Albers’ essay ‘The Pliable Plane’, the essay will offer new thoughts on the work of Adolf Loos, Mies van der Rohe and Petra Blaisse, in support of an integrated approach to textiles and architecture.

The project is inserted into the essay in order to illustrate how weaving can be used as tools for urban analysis, but also how it can be used to construct a text. Together, the essay and the project weave together two different ways or ‘threads’ of thinking about architecture and its relation to textiles. The essay pages here represent the warp (the vertical threads in a weaving), while the project represents the weft (the horizontal threads in the woven cloth). This is illustrated in the diagram.

Amber Barnaby

Willem De Bruijn
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