Toward a theory of the architectural subject

Brott, Simone (2013) Toward a theory of the architectural subject. In Frichot, Hélène & Loo, Stephen (Eds.) Deleuze and Architecture. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.

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The extraordinary event, for Deleuze, is the object becoming subject – not in the manner of an abstract formulation, such as the substitution of one ideational representation for another but, rather, in the introduction of a vast, new, impersonal plane of subjectivity, populated by object processes and physical phenomena that in Deleuze’s discovery will be shown to constitute their own subjectivities. Deleuze’s polemic of subjectivity (the refusal of the Cartesian subject and the transcendental ego of Husserl) – long attempted by other thinkers – is unique precisely because it heralds the dawning of a new species of objecthood that will qualify as its own peculiar subjectivity. A survey of Deleuze’s early work on subjectivity, Empirisme et subjectivité (Deleuze 1953), Le Bergsonisme (Deleuze 1968), and Logique du sens (Deleuze 1969), brings the architectural reader into a peculiar confrontation with what Deleuze calls the ‘new transcendental field’, the field of subjectproducing effects, which for the philosopher takes the place of both the classical and modern subject. Deleuze’s theory of consciousness and perception is premised on the critique of Husserlian phenomenology; and ipso facto his question is an architectural problematic, even if the name ‘architecture’ is not invoked...

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ID Code: 55908
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information:

This collection looks critically at how Deleuze challenges architecture as a discipline, how architecture contributes to philosophy and how we can come to understand the complex politics of space of our increasingly networked world.

Since the 1980s, Deleuze’s philosophy has fuelled a generation of architectural thinking, and can be seen in the design of a global range of contemporary built environments. His work has also alerted architecture to crucial ecological, political and social problems that the discipline needs to reconcile.
Key Features

16 essays by interdisciplinary scholars
Shows Deleuze’s influence on the emerging biotechnological paradigm and new practices of participatory design
Engages with contemporary approaches to the theory and practice of architecture to provide radical agendas for the practice of Deleuzian philosophy

List of Contributors

Karen Burns, University of Melbourne
Deborah Hauptman, Delft University of Technology
Andrej Radman, Delft University of Technology
Marko Jobst, University of Greenwich
Hélène Frichot, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
Bernard Cache, Independent architect and furniture designer
Mike Hale, Architect at Archispace
Kim Dovey, University of Melbourne
Catharina Gabrielsson, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
Cameron Duff, Monash University
Andrew Ballantyne, Newcastle University, UK
Adrian Parr, University of Cincinnati
Chris Smith, University of Sydney
Stephen Loo, University of Tasmania
Simone Brott, Queensland University of Technology
Doina Petrescu, University of Sheffield
Constantin Petcou, University of Sheffield
Anne Querrien, University of Sheffield

Table of Contents

Introduction: Exhaustion and the Exhausted: Deleuze AND Architecture, Helene Frichot and Stephen Loo; PART ONE: SITING; 1. Becomings: Architecture, Feminism, Deleuze, before and after the Fold, Karen Burns; 2. Northern Line, Deborah Hauptmann and Andrej Radman; 3. Why Deleuze, Why Architecture, Marko Jobst; PART TWO: CONSTRUCTING; 4. Deleuze and the Story of the Superfold, Helene Frichot; 5. Objectile: The Pursuit of Philosophy by Other Means? Bernard Cache; 6. The Architect as Metallurgist: Using Concrete to Trace Bio-Digital Lines, Mike Hale; 7. Assembling Architecture, Kim Dovey; PART THREE: GATHERING; 8. Toward a Theory of the Architectural Subject, Simone Brott; 9. The Holey City: Walking along Istanbul's Theodosian Landwalls, Catharina Gabrielsson; 10. Deleuze, Architecture and Social Fabrication, Andrew Ballantyne; 11. Politics + Deleuze + Guattari + Architecture, Adrian Parr; PART FOUR: CARING; 12. The Ethological City, Cameron Duff; 13. Architectures, Critical and Clinical, Chris L. Smith; 14. Abstract Care, Stephen Loo; 15. Making a Rhizome or Architecture After Deleuze and Guattari, Doina Petrescu, Anne Querrien, Constantin Petcou;.

Keywords: Architectural History, Theory, Criticism
ISBN: 9780748674657
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural History and Theory (120103)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Edinburgh University Press Ltd 2013
Copyright editorial matter and organisation Helene Frichot and Stephen Loo, 2013
Copyright the chapter their several authors
Copyright Statement: The right of the contributors to be author of this work has been asserted in accordance with the Copyright, Designs, and Patents Act, 1988.
Deposited On: 20 Dec 2012 00:31
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2016 04:05

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