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By Elizabeth Danze, Debra Coleman

During the last numerous many years, feminists and designers have independently built reviews of contemporary Western assumptions and cultural practices. Architecture and Feminism addresses the intersection of those likely disparate fields via a full of life and various number of essays and tasks, together with interdisciplinary investigations of literature, social historical past, domestic economics, and artwork history.

Articles research such various 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 principles on family 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 tasks take famous constructions via Philip Johnson and Louis Sullivan as issues of departure for a feminist interpreting of architectural heritage. instead of offering a unmarried, didactic place, this assortment deals a variety of clean voices to explain the cross-connections and shared matters among structure and feminism.

Contributors to Architecture and Feminism contain 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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Irigaray argues that Lacan's revision of Freud is even more constraining for women than his predecessor's biological model, where anatomy served as proof/alibi for the differences between the sexes. " Luce Irigaray, "Cosi Fan Tutti" (1975), in This Sex Which Is Not One, trans. Catherine Porter (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1985), 87, 89. See also Moore, 190. MARY McLEOD 17. " Simone de Beauvoir, Tlu Second Sex, trans. H. M. Parshley (New York: Knopf, 1952). 18. " 19. Norman K. Denzin, "Blue Velvet: Postmodem Contradictions," Theory, Culture and Society 5, no.

On the positive side, they offer models of architectural production that counter notions of both cultural elitism and isolated artistic rebellion, finding a stratum of creativity and invention in more familiar terrains. They explore-with different degrees of success-the gap between architecture and what people make of it, seeing its occupants no longer simply as passive consumers or victims but also as vital actors contributing a multiplicity of new images and modes of occupation. Although these groups and individuals cannot provide a framework for political action (nor would any except the Situationists claim to), they articulate a range of concerns neglected in traditional political analyses and theoretical critiques.

8 (February 1989), 50-51. 7· Peter Eisenman, "Carnegie-MeUon Research Institute," in Decorutroction: Omnibus Volume, 172-73. , "Conversation with Peter Eisenman," in Cities ofArtificial Excavation: The Work of Peter Eisenman, 1978-1988, ed. Jean-Fran~ois Bedard (Montreal: Centre Canadien d'Architecture and Rizzoli, 1994), 128. 8. Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo also uses the notion "heterotopia," though in a different manner from Foucault. For Vattimo, "heterotopia" aUudes to the plurality of norms that distinguishes late-modern art (since the 1g6os) from modern art.

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