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The Architecture of Psychoanalysis
Much recent scholarship in this interdisciplinary terrain has focused on using psychoanalysis as a theoretical tool for interpreting architecture, I am interested here in reversing this relationship and thinking instead about the architectural structures already in place in psychoanalytic theory and practice. I am researching four ways in which architectural space registers in psychoanalysis. This includes (i) topographic understandings of psychic processes and their representation in drawings; (ii) the use of architectural and spatial metaphors (such as the scenes, screens and folds of memory) which occur in psychoanalysts' theoretical writings; (iii) the architectural setting in which the psychoanalytic encounter between analyst and analysand takes place; and (iv) descriptions of architectural space in the accounts of analysands. My interest is in how psychoanalysis’s use of architecture might offer new approaches for understanding the connection between subjects, objects and spaces in architectural research and practice: specifically allowing considerations of buildings and those that design, occupy and interpret them that are material and psychic. I am currently working on a text for publication as ‘The Architecture of Psychoanalysis: Constructions and Associations’ Dr Olaf Knellessen from the Psychoanalytic Seminar (PSZ) in Zurich/Switzerland, the cultural theorist and psychologist PD Dr Insa Haertel from Hamburg/ Germany and myself, architect and theorist working at Goldsmiths College, London and TU Vienna/Austria (eds), Bauarten von Sexualität, Körper, Phantasmen: Architektur und Psychoanalyse/Ways of building sexuality, bodies, phantasms: Architecture and psychoanalysis (forthcoming 2011/12).
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