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Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

Editor-in-Chief: Danesi, Marcel

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Volume 2009, Issue 175


Meaning of space and architecture of place

Pierre Pellegrino / Emmanuelle P. Jeanneret
Published Online: 2009-06-05 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/semi.2009.049


This article reviews and evaluates some aspects of the semiotic heritage from a fundamental treatise on architecture. It shows how the system set in place by Vitruvius at the dawn of our era is being today brought up to date by contemporary architects, yielding a projection know-how that can contribute to the design of virtual worlds.

The question is therefore, how can space make sign. According to the Saussurean conception of the arbitrary relationship between signifier and signified and Hjelmslev's concept of connotation, the semiotic of space answers this question and clarifies the various approaches to description of meaning production developed in the theory of architecture. In this way the semiotic theory can give an explanation of the modernist function-oriented conception of the world, as well as of the post-modernist communication-oriented one. For this purpose it questions the concept of generative grammar that the contemporary architects have developed starting from the works of Chomsky.

Keywords:: space; form; figure; style; connotation; metasemiosis

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Published Online: 2009-06-05

Published in Print: 2009-06-01

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2009, Issue 175, Pages 269–296, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/semi.2009.049.

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