Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment

Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment

Henri Lefebvre and Lukasz Stanek

Print publication date: 2015

ISBN: 9780816677191

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Abstract

The French Marxist philosopher and sociologist Henri Lefebvre meditates on the relationship between jouissance, space, and architecture. Commissioned as a part of a study on tourist new towns in Spain, the book identifies spaces devoted to pleasure, enjoyment, sensuality, and desire as sites where the possibilities for a society moving beyond Fordism are manifested. In order to study these possibilities, architecture needs to be redefined as a mode of imagination rather than being restricted to a specialized practice or a collection of monuments. Taking the practices of habitation as the starting point of the inquiry, Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment is understood as a production of space on all scales, from the domestic interiors, through urban spaces, to landscapes. Extending the focus of the book from “architecture” to “space of jouissance” within a transdicisplinary perspective, Lefebvre opens the discussion towards questions of subversive spaces, rhythmanalysis of the body, and pedagogy of senses. He proposes a Marxist take of architecture different from and alternative to the voice of Manfredo Tafuri, which since then has dominated critical architectural theory and history. Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment not only fundamentally changes our view on French and international architecture culture after 1968 but it gives new impulses for today’s debates about architecture and the urban society.

Table of Contents

1 The Question

Łukasz Stanek, and Robert Bononno

2 The scope of the inquiry

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3 The Quest

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4 Objections

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5 Philosophy

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6 Anthropology

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7 History

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8 Psychology and Psychoanalysis

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9 Semantics and Semiology

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10 Economics

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11 Architecture

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12 Conclusions (Injunctions)

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End Matter