Architecture as language – semiotic componential analysis of architecture à la Charles Jencks

Mai 14, 2012

Lecture delivered at the conference Symptom Design at Libera Università di Bolzano, Italy. For the conference that dealt with the role of design in contemporary society, I described Charles Jencks‘ semiotic approach to architecture as a failed attempt to determine the meaning of architecture scientifically—failed because Jencks‘ never achieved a critical position towards semiotics in his approach. Never the less, his 1977 book The Language of Post-Modern Architecture1 is important to see why semiotic methods can’t be transferred 1:1 to architecture. […]

  1. Charles Jencks, The Language of Post-Modern Architecture, 4th ed. [New York: Rizzoli, 1984] []