Architecture and Feminism (Yale Publications on by Elizabeth Danze, Debra Coleman

By Elizabeth Danze, Debra Coleman

During the last numerous a long time, feminists and designers have independently built evaluations of recent Western assumptions and cultural practices. Architecture and Feminism addresses the intersection of those possible disparate fields via a full of life and various selection of essays and initiatives, together with interdisciplinary investigations of literature, social historical past, domestic economics, and artwork history.

Articles research such different subject matters as Niki de Saint-Phalles exuberant building-sized lady sculpture Hon, the aesthetics and politics of the Playboy bachelor pad, Edith Wharton's rules on household structure, and the Legend of grasp Manole, a disquieting japanese eu folktale that prescribes the ritual entombment of ladies within the partitions of constructions, whereas visible initiatives take recognized buildings by means of Philip Johnson and Louis Sullivan as issues of departure for a feminist analyzing of architectural heritage. instead of providing a unmarried, didactic place, this assortment bargains quite a number clean voices to explain the cross-connections and shared matters among structure and feminism.

Contributors to Architecture and Feminism comprise Manuela Antoniu, Vanessa Chase, Deborah Fausch, Molly Hankwitz, Susan R. Henderson, Amy Landesberg, Lisa Quatrale, Christine S. E. Magar, Mary McLeod, and George Wagner.

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Lefebvre, however, despite moments of infuriating sexism and disturbingly essentialist rhetoric, seems to have an acute understanding of the role of the everyday in woman's experience and how consumption has been her demon but also her liberator (FIGS. n, 12), offering an arena of action that grants her entry and power in the public sphere. '2 What these critics share, despite their many differences, is an emphasis on pleasure, the intensification of sensory impressions, the freedom and positive excesses of consumption as experiences that counter the webs of control and monotony in daily life.

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Though perhaps, or rather certainly, as I will soon show, I have a body with which I DEBORAH FAUSCH am very closely united, nevertheless ... "' 0 He makes use of the metaphoric triad oflight, sight, and knowledge to describe the purely mental entity which he presupposes. " The ideas that the mind's eye knows are "images," similar to the representations in paintings. " 12 In "The Age of the World Picture," he contends that Descartes's "metaphysics of knowledge" constitutes a historical change in the relationship of the human being to the world.

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