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Irigaray for Architects
Irigaray for Architects Thinkers for Architecture series, edited by Adam Sharr London and New York: Routledge 2007 ISBN: 0415431336 128pp. This is the first sole-authored book about Luce Irigaray’s influential feminist philosophy for architects and was one of three which launched the series, 'Thinkers for Architects'. The book explores the value of Irigaray’s philosophical, political and aesthetic theories for ‘architectural’ thinking, showing that Irigaray’s writings (1974–2002) contain important ideas for the discipline of architecture. Its introduction and six thematic chapters identify key concepts and methods for understanding subjectivity, space and time, the body and sensory perception, science and politics in architecture. Each chapter also situates Irigaray’s ideas in relation to contemporary international architectural design, history, theory and criticism. In addition, I invent a set of original terms – ‘sexed architects/spaces/architecture’ – demonstrating the potential of Irigaray’s work for male and female practitioners and understandings of multiple subjectivities in global architectures. The book presents a clear, contextualized and scholarly analysis of Irigaray’s work for architectural professionals, academics and students. Its meticulous interdisciplinary analysis of specific extracts from fourteen of Irigaray’s texts employs post-structuralist philosophy, psychoanalytic and architectural methodologies. In addition, each chapter provides examples of architectural practice, tailored pedagogical questions, guidance on reading Irigaray’s texts and further reading. Situated to extend philosophical and feminist interpretations of Irigaray (e.g. Whitford, Moi, Battersby), it shows that her work also contains important architectural and spatial concepts operating across architecture and related disciplines; and secondly, that its interdisciplinary examination of ‘sexed architecture’ reveals new links between post-structuralist philosophy and contemporary architecture. It therefore extends the work of key US, EU and Australian architectural and feminist practitioners who engage with Irigaray (e.g. Bloomer, Grosz, Heynen, Rendell, Wigley).
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