In his excellent collection of essays Shadow-Makers, Stephen Kite proposes to bring shadows “out of the shadows” (5)—a reasonable objective, given that architecture in recent years has been slanted toward the making of great, illuminated spaces, shiny surfaces, and the minimization of darkness and all manner of unhygienic stuff. “Shadow has had a ‘bad’ press” (7), Kite claims, at least since Plato's cave parable in the Republic, in which confined prisoners know reality only through shadows cast by activities they cannot directly see. As shadows take on a life dissociated from their sources and the light that cast them, they become untethered from reality, and it...

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