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PSYCHOTIC/SEMANTIC: OF SIGNS, STIGMATA, AND THE HISTORICAL ASYLUM

by KLEMAN, DREW T

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A semiotic analysis of architecture questions the role of signs in giving buildings signification, culturally and socially motivated to convey meaning. The problem lies within the codification of signs throughout a given culture, where classifications are developed and exploited to structure the built environment. The problem further positions itself in the transformation of phenomena in a given typology, here the historical asylum, which rely on the cognition of signs in order for architecture to produce meaning. This thesis hypothesizes that through the process of identifying typological intrinsic signs, a semiotic analysis of architecture can begin to speak of a construction of meaning. Disrupting the habitual sign cognition of a historically established typology involves the displacement of architecture as it used to exist. That is, the destabilization of meanings through the demotivation of architectural signs will begin to speak of an architecture that consciously constructs meaning through the process of building.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:semiotics semiotic analysis of architecture historical asylum michel foucault construction meaning surface spatial mental health community center

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Date of Publication:01/01/2006

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