Foucault for Architects (Thinkers for Architects)

Foucault for Architects (Thinkers for Architects)

Gordana Fontana-Giusti

Language: English

Pages: 200

ISBN: 0415693314

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


From the mid-1960s onwards Michel Foucault has had a significant impact on diverse aspects of culture, knowledge and arts including architecture and its critical discourse. The implications for architecture have been wide-ranging. His archaeological and genealogical approaches to knowledge have transformed architectural history and theory, while his attitude to arts and aesthetics led to a renewed focus on the avant-garde.

Prepared by an architect, this book offers an excellent entry point into the remarkable work of Michel Foucault, and provides a focused introduction suitable for architects, urban designers, and students of architecture.

Foucault’s crucial juxtaposition of space, knowledge and power has unlocked novel spatial possibilities for thinking about design in architecture and urbanism. While the philosopher's ultimate attention on the issues of body and sexuality has defined our understanding of the possibilities and limits of human condition and its relation to architecture.

The book concentrates on a number of historical and theoretical issues often addressed by Foucault that have been grouped under the themes of archaeology, enclosure, bodies, spatiality and aesthetics in order to examine and demonstrate their relevancy for architectural knowledge, its history and its practice.

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argument follows the way in which clinical medicine came to exist as a discipline established upon observation, where the gaze of the doctor came to determine ‘the domain of medicine’s experience and the structure of its rationality’ (Foucault 2010: xvii). For Foucault, the nature of the observation and analysis of a single diseased organ depended entirely upon the established organisational practices at that time and any examination, diagnosis and treatment followed the same epistemological

the process of proliferation of norms had numerous consequences. On the level of the subject, what was demanded was the ‘right’ to life, to one’s body, to health, to happiness and to the satisfaction of needs, and beyond all oppression or ‘alienation’, the ‘right’ to rediscover what one is and what one can be. Foucault argues that the ancient regime and the classical age were not able to comprehend this ‘right’, which was the political response to the new context of the different power procedures

argument in Gender Trouble: Feminism and Subversion of Identity (1990) states that the apparent coherence of the categories of sex, gender and sexuality – such as heterosexual desire – is culturally constructed through the repetition of acts in time and space. Agreed by convention, these bodily acts establish the appearance of an essential, ‘core’ gender, which Butler identified as performative. This is not a voluntary choice, Butler argues; she locates the construction of the gendered, sexed,

set of relationships designed, reflected, or mirrored by themselves. These spaces, according to Foucault, are of two general types: utopias and heterotopias (Foucault 1993: 421–2). Utopias have no real space, but have a general relationship of direct or inverse analogy with the real space of society. These spaces are essentially unreal. Heterotopias on the other hand are real and effective spaces which are outlined in the very institution of society. Foucault writes, Heterotopias constitute a

the architectural canon and the norms in urban policies. 1.3 Architecture unspoken Foucault’s questions in respect to architecture and urbanism open up on various levels: on the level of knowledge / discourse and discursive practice; on the level of architectural effects upon social relations; on the level of body politics and ‘biopower’ (Foucault’s term for the techniques for achieving the subjugations of bodies and the control of population); and on the level of aesthetics and spatiality. His

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