Architectural Space and Greimassian Semiotics

Kristina Juodinytė-Kuznetsova


Semiotics as a discipline has gained a recognition in many spheres. A.J. Greimas semiotic theory has proven to be suitable for analysing architectural works. Obviously, there is a need of theory regarding architectural space to be collected and compiled to lend a helping hand for a researcher. The article demonstrates how to undertake a close semiotic analysis of the architectural space. Semiotic ‘tools’ help to articulate the form of the expression of the architectural work with the form of the content to make a corresponding reading of the signifying object possible. The article gives a general overview of the semiotics of architecture and space and some of the issues that surface in it. Moreover, it clarifies how signification comes in architecture, spells this out in more detail and confronts us with disoursive syntax and semantics.


semiotics of architecture; Paris School of Semiotics; the form of expression; the form of the content

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