1st Edition

Civic Spaces and Desire

Edited By Charles Drozynski, Diana Beljaars Copyright 2020
    234 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    234 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Civic Spaces and Desire presents an original and critical appraisal of civic spaces for a novel theoretical intersection of architecture and human geography. The authors address civic spaces that embody a strong moral code, such as a remembrance park or a casino, in various places in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. The consecutive chapters of the book present these chosen spaces as the interconnection between the everyday and the ideological. By doing so the book reimagines the socio-political effects of the countercultural assemblages and ontologies of difference that these spaces produce, represent and foster, as presented through outcasts and nomads of various kinds and forms.

    The book reflects on different interpretations of the key texts from primarily post-linguistic theoreticians, such as Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari and Jacques Derrida. It will benefit students and academics in architecture, geography, philosophy and urban studies and planning, who seek to understand the politics of space, place and civility. By deconstructing normative ideological constructs, the book uses the concept of desire to explore the tensions between expectations of civic spaces and the disappointment and wonder of their immanent existence.

    Chapter 1 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 

    Foreword by J-D. Dewsbury; Introduction Diana Beljaars and Charles Drozynski; 1 Civic space—and desire—deranged: from Le Corbusier to Georges Perec Marcus A. Doel; 2 Single story building: the fairy tale failure of housing in the UK Ed Green and Brutus Green 3 Inside the backside: on labour and infrastructure of the casino lobby Hannes Frykholm 4 Game of being state: encounter space and fictitious movements in prescriptive surveillance buffer zone village: Pyla Cagri Sanliturk; 5 Archaeology of desire: urban palimpsest—unveiling invisible sites of Sarajevo Joanna Zielińska; 6 Hi-ro-shi-ma space: the pathways of post-memory Kim Roberts; 7 “Park Rats”: exploring a violent continuum of more-than-human indifference and post-humanityJohn Clayton (With an introduction by Diana Beljaars); 8 Stygian dark: what the presence and architecture of sex clubs; reveal about the politics of public and private space in a city Laurence Kimmel; 9 Folds of desire Charles Drozynski; 10 Architecture, eros and civilisation; Chris L. Smith; 11 Re-membering desire: visual tracings of a billboard Linda Lapiņa; 12 Unidentified emotional object: when queer desire journeyed to Belgrade (but stayed in its closet) Marko Jobst; 13 Desiring-spaces: compulsive citizen–state configurations Diana Beljaars; Index


    Charles Drozynski is a lecturer working in the University of West England and a Part II architect. In his academic career he has taught and lectured in a number of universities across the UK. His PhD thesis, written in Cardiff University, focussed on the intersections of architecture and post-linguistic schools of thought, in particular those put forward by Michel Foucault, as well as Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. His research interests include the entanglements of the subvert in society and architecture as well as the development of new technologies that arise from unconventional ideas. He is presently pursuing a number of projects, including a book publication on the concept of "Generosity in Architecture", with his contribution of a Deleuzean reading of the architecture for the parkour subculture (project initiated in Cardiff University), and a chapter on the production and reproduction of nostalgia for a publication on the production of attachment and meaning to places (project initiated in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas USA).

    Diana Beljaars is a lecturer in Human Geography with an enhanced research pathway in the Geography department of Swansea University. She joined the department to teach political and urban geography after finishing her doctoral research entitled "Geographies of Compulsive Interactions; Bodies, Objects, Spaces" at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University. Her work comprehends the development of an understanding of compulsivity as a more-than-medical concept that has socio-political potential, connoting interactions between the human and the more-than-human. Her work brings together human geography, medical humanities, continental philosophy and the medical and clinical study of mental health diagnoses, and it is based most notably on the poststructural, post-phenomenological and post human theories of Deleuze, Guattari and Lingis. As such, it draws on and contributes to geographies that seek to go beyond rationality, intentionality and meaning in order to capture the unfolding of life. Her work also directly contributes to an increased understanding of life with human conditions such as Tourette syndrome, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia, anxiety and personality disorders, depression and suicidal tendencies.