This well-argued, analytic text provides a greater understanding of spatial issues in the field of architecture. Re-interpreting the fifteenth century demonstration of perspective, Lorens Holm puts it in relation to today’s theories of subjectivity and elaborates for the first time the theoretical link between architecture and psychoanalysis.
Divided into three sections, Brunelleschi, Lacan, Le Corbusier argues that perspective remains the primary and most satisfying way of representing form, because it is the paradigmatic form of spatial consciousness. Well-illustrated with over 100 images, this compelling book is a valuable study of this key aspect of architectural study and practice, making it an essential read for architects in their first year or their fiftieth.
Table of Contents
Preface: Facade … Foundation. Introduction: Vision and its Doubles Part 1: Projection and Introjection 1. Two Cartoons: The New Yorkers 2. Brunelleschi and Le Corbusier (Part 1): Photograph and Snapshot 3. Brunelleschi and Le Corbusier (Part 2): Image and Field Part 2: Perspective, the Mirror Stage of Space 4. The Origins of Perspective: Reading Manetti 5. The Origins of Perspective: Brunelleschi's Mirror 6. Intercession: The Gaze and Voice of Brunelleschi Part 3: Space and its Object 7. Desire Position Opacity and Death in the Visual Field 8. The Parthenon and Le Corbusier. Conclusion: The Death of Space
Lorens Holm is Reader in Architecture and Director of the Geddes Institute for Urban Research at the University of Dundee. He has taught architecture at the Architectural Association, University College London, and at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior publications on Lacan and architecture have appeared in the journals Perspecta (2010), Haecceity (2008 & 2007), Critical Quarterly (2000 & 2007), and Assemblage (1993).