By Elizabeth Danze, Debra Coleman
During the last numerous a long time, feminists and designers have independently built opinions of contemporary Western assumptions and cultural practices. Architecture and Feminism addresses the intersection of those probably disparate fields via a full of life and numerous choice of essays and tasks, together with interdisciplinary investigations of literature, social historical past, domestic economics, and artwork history.
Articles study such various issues as Niki de Saint-Phalles exuberant building-sized woman sculpture Hon, the aesthetics and politics of the Playboy bachelor pad, Edith Wharton's principles on household 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 through Philip Johnson and Louis Sullivan as issues of departure for a feminist studying of architectural heritage. instead of offering a unmarried, didactic place, this assortment deals more than a few clean voices to explain the cross-connections and shared matters among structure and feminism.
Contributors to Architecture and Feminism comprise 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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This involved studying the whole range of diverse sensations that "one encounters by chance in everyday life" and then proposing acts, situations, and environments that transformed the 15 16 EVERYDAY AND "OTHER" SPACES world in those same terms. 35 One of the major Situationist techniques was derive-literally, "drift"-a kind of mindless wandering in the city which would open up the existing environment to new considerations. Guy Debord's Memoires, published in 1959, evoke, through a montage of assorted quotations, the nature of these new perceptions.
Or for a feminist architectural history, theory, or criticism? In order to begin to answer these questions, it is first necessary to address certain general issues in feminist theory. If, as many feminist writers have argued, it is impossible, or at any rate dangerous, to define a feminine "nature,"~ it remains true that without any essential(ist) definition of the feminine-of the female, of woman-it becomes impossible to claim any viewpoint or issue as feminist, except in the contingent sense that where oppression, exploitation, objectification, or marginalization of women occurs, there a feminist position can be taken.
Xix). Although de Certeau discusses many activities in which women are centralleisure, consumption, cooking-he rarely considers these subjects in terms of their particular implications for women. Nonetheless, his interest in resistance and in minority positions and his MARY McLEOD insistence on the specificity of place and the particularity of subject positions makes his writing especially relevant to those groups whose creative activities and tactics of resistance have been traditionally obscured.