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On Discomfort

Moments in a Modern History of Architectural Culture, 1st Edition

Edited by David Ellison, Andrew Leach


138 pages

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Examining discomfort’s physical, emotional, conceptual, psychological and aesthetic dimensions, the contributors to this volume offer an alternate, cultural approach to the study of architecture and the built environment. By attending to a series of disparate instances in which architecture and discomfort intersect, On Discomfort offers a fresh reading of the negotiations that define architecture’s position in modern culture. The essays do not chart comfort’s triumph so much as discomfort’s curious dispersal into practices that form ‘modern life’ – and what that dispersion reveals of both architecture and culture.

The essays presented in this volume illuminate the material culture of discomfort as it accrues to architecture and its history. This episodic analysis speaks to a range of disciplinary fields and interdisciplinary subjects, extending our understanding of the domestication of interiors (and objects, cities and ideas); and the conditions under which – by intention or accident – they discomfort.

Table of Contents

Thinking Through Discomfort (David Ellison and Andrew Leach), 2. ‘Good God Mrs Nicholson!’ Slaves and Domestic Disquiet in Eighteenth-century Scotland (Dolly MacKinnon), 3. Thoreau’s Economy (Andrew Ballantyne), 4. Wandering Sensations: Supernatural Discomforts and Modern Domesticity (David Ellison), 5. Climatic Discomforts: [Sub]tropical Climates, Racial Character and the Nineteenth-century Queensland House (Deborah van der Plaat), 6. Technological Progress as an Obstruction to Domestic Comfort: Hugo Van Kuyck and the Introduction of the American Example in Post-war Belgium (Fredie Floré), 7. Everything but the Orgy Truck: Shopping for Radical Architecture at MoMA, 1972 (Alexandra Brown), 8. It’s Not me, It’s You (Andrew Leach), 9. The Wolfers House by Henry Van de Velde, as Occupied by Herman Daled (Bart Verschaffel), 10. Blind Windows: A Particularly Domestic Discomfort (Chris L. Smith), 11. Reality without Restraint: Bathtime in the Villa dall’Ava (Christophe Van Gerrewey)

About the Editors

David Ellison is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. His research focuses on the literary and cultural histories of Victorian domesticity.

Andrew Leach is Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney, Australia. Among his books are What is Architectural History? (2010), The Baroque in Architectural Culture 1880–1980 (2015, with John Macarthur and Maarten Delbeke) and Rome (2016).

About the Series

Ashgate Studies in Architecture

Ashgate Studies in Architecture
The discipline of Architecture is undergoing subtle transformation as design awareness permeates our visually dominated culture. Technological change, the search for sustainability and debates around the value of place and meaning of the architectural gesture are aspects which will affect the cities we inhabit. This series seeks to address such topics, both theoretically and in practice, through the publication of high quality original research, written and visual. Topics to be covered include the following: Architectural history and theory and their relationship to the development of the discipline, building conservation, heritage and creative adaptation. The formal and aesthetic values of architectural design, the diversity of its expression of identity, and its representation in other media. The impact of technological innovation on the materialisation of architecture and the questions surrounding environmental sustainability, experimentation and visionary design The social and psychological context of architectural production, its relationship to occupants, clients and to other creative and professional disciplines, and the political situation in which it is commissioned. Proposals will be welcomed which explore or connect aspects of these themes. Subjects which deal with individual architects, with specific buildings or building types, and the critical interpretation of historical and contemporary architecture from a theoretical or philosophical perspective are particularly encouraged. Architecture's embodiment of technical, social, and aesthetic aspects will also be emphasised.

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