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Memory palaces within the space of architectural production

Burch, James


James Burch
AHOD/Associate Professor of Architecture


© Taylor & Francis 2016. A model of the space of architectural production is proposed where the building is imagined as a memory palace. In this model, building work is understood to be foreshadowed by an imaginary architecture that both predicts the future physical construction to come and is also made superfluous by this construction work as it comes to be. It is argued that these memory palaces of production remain lodged in the minds of the constructors and designers who planned and executed the detail of a construction. After construction, a building’s details act as a physical route through which individual actors might access their personal memory palaces in the space of production.


Burch, J. (2015). Memory palaces within the space of architectural production. Architecture and Culture, 3(3), 327-335.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 8, 2015
Online Publication Date Feb 2, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Architecture & Culture
Print ISSN 2050-7828
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 3
Pages 327-335
Keywords memory palace, drawing, construction, BIM, mnemonic imagination
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Architecture & Culture in September 2015, available online:


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