We are thrilled to announce that Davide Deriu's monograph, On Balance: Architecture and Vertigo is out!
On Balance reflects on the precarious equilibrium at the heart of contemporary cities, where the drive to conquer ever greater heights has reconfigured our notion of abyss. Exploring the spatial thrills as well as anxieties associated with vertigo, the book traces how different subjects experience, represent and transgress buildings and the spaces in between. This broad-ranging exploration of vertigo reveals architecture to be central to our perception of balance at multiple sensory, spatial and social levels.
Book details here
A book launch and panel discussion was held at the School of Architecture and Cities, University of Westminster, on 23 March 2023. After a short presentation by the author, the following scholars gave their responses to the book, prompting an engaging conversation with the public:
• Amy Butt, Architect and Lecturer at the School of Architecture, University of Reading
• Adrian Forty, Professor Emeritus of Architectural History, The Bartlett, UCL
• Catherine James, History and Theory Lecturer, Architectural Association
• Christine Wall, Professor Emerita of Architectural History, University of Westminster
The panel was chaired by Kate Jordan, Senior Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory, University of Westminster