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Negotiating Domesticity

Spatial Productions of Gender in Modern Architecture, 1st Edition

Edited by Hilde Heynen, Gülsüm Baydar


336 pages | 68 B/W Illus.

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In the home the intricate relations between architecture, gender and domesticity become visible. Negotiating Domesticity investigates the many and complex themes evoked by the interconnections between these terms.

Topics covered include famous as well as less well-known architectural examples and architects, which are explored from sociological, anthropological, philosophical and psychoanalytical approaches. The authors explore the relationships between modern domestic spaces and sexed subjectivities in a broad range of geographical locations of Western modernity.

This richly interdisiplinary work presents architects and postgraduate students with an in-depth exploration of domesticity in the modern era.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Modernity and Domesticity. Tensions and Contradictions Hilde Heynen Figures of Woman in Contemporary Architectural Discourse Gulsum Baydar Gendered Subjects: 'A Citizen as well as a Housewife.' New Spaces of Domesticity in 1930s London Elizabeth Darling. The Housewife, the Builder and the Desire for a Polykatoikia Apartment in Post-War Athens Ioanna Theocharopoulou. Promoting Catholic Family Values and Modern Domesticity in Post-War Belgium Fredie Floré. Rehearsing Domesticity: Post-War Pocono Honeymoon Resorts Barbara Penner Sexual Articulations: 'Only where Comfort Ends does Humanity Begin.' On the Coldness of Avant-Garde Architecture in the Weimar Period Karina Van Herck. The Uncanny Architect: Fears of Lesbian Builders and Deviant Homes in Modern Germany Despina Stratigakos A Queer Analysis of Eileen Grey's E.1027. Katarina Bonnevier An Architecture of Twenty-Words: Intimate Details of a London Blue Plaque House Chee Li Lian Denatured Domesticity: An Account of Femininity and Physiognomy in the Interiors of Frances Glessner Lee Laur J. Miller Spatial Practices: Unequal Union: La Casa Estudio de San Angel Inn, c. 1929-1932 Ernestina Osorio Looking at/in/from the Maison de Verre Christopher Wilson The Third House: Marie-Jose Can Hee's Dealings with Domesticity André Loeckx Photography's Veil: Reading Gender and Loo's Interiors Charles Rice The Modernist Boudoir and the Erotics of Space Anne Troutman

About the Editors

Hilde Heynen is a professor of architectural theory at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. She published Architecture and Modernity-A Critique (MIT Press, 1999). She is co-editor of a substantial anthology of 20th century texts on architecture, and co-edited Back From Utopia, The Challenge of the Modern Movement and Inside Density. She regularly publishes in periodicals such as The Journal of Architecture and Home Cultures.

Gülsüm Baydar teaches in the Deaprtment of Interior Architecture and Environment Design at Bilkent University. She is co-editor of Post-Colonial Space(s) (Princeton Architectural Press, 1997). Her articles, which question the disciplinary boundaries of architecture, appeared in such journals as Assemblage, The Journal of Architectural Education, The Journal of Architecture and Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Residential
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies