1st Edition

Architectures of Masculinity

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ISBN 9780367445355
Published March 30, 2020 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1996, Stud: Architectures of Masculinity is an interdisciplinary exploration of the active role architecture plays in the construction of male identity. Architects, artists, and theorists investigate how sexuality is constituted through the organization of materials, objects, and human subjects in actual space. This collection of essays and visual projects critically analyzes the spaces that we habitually take for granted but that quietly participates in the manufacturing of "maleness." Employing a variety of critical perspectives (feminism, "queer theory," deconstruction, and psychoanalysis), Stud's contributors reveal how masculinity, always an unstable construct, is coded in our environment. Stud also addresses the relationship between architecture and gay male sexuality, illustrating the resourceful ways that gay men have appropriated and reordered everyday public domains, from streets to sex clubs, in the formation of gay social space.

Table of Contents



Part I: Home

1. So Functional for its Purposes: The Batchelor Apartment in Pillow Talk, Steven Cohan

2. Power Tool for the Dining Room: The Electric Carving Knife, Ellen Lupton

3. Playboy’s Penthouse Apartment, Playboy

4. Cadet Quarters, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Skidmore, Ownings and Merrill

5. A to Z Domestic Prototypes, Andrea Zittel

6. Adjustable Wall Bras, Vito Acconci

7. Tupperware, George Stoll

8. Collecting Well is the Best Revenge: Commemorative Fabric, Reneé Green

9. Villa in Floriac, Rem Koolhaas

Part II: Homework

10. Berggasse 19: Inside Freud’s Office, Diana Fuss and Joel Sanders

11. Untitled, John Lindell

Part III: Bathroom

12. Men’s Room, Lee Edelman

13. The Latrine Project, Interim Office of Architecture

14. The Public Bathroom Project, Kennedy ad Volich Architecture

15. Untitled, Robert Gober

16. Selected Bathrooms, Philippe Starck

Part IV: Gym

17. When is a Body Not a Body? When it’s a Building, Marcia Ian

18. Definitions Fitness Center #2, Thanhauser and Esterton

19. Badlands Health Club, Matthew Bannister

20. OTTOshaft, Matthew Barney

Part V: Outings

21. Privacy Could Only Be Had in Public: Gay Uses of the Streets, George Chauncey

22. Piano Bar, D.A. Miller and Michael Perelman

23. Circa 1977, Platzspitz Park Installation, Tom Burr

24. Nightswimming, New York Cities, Stephen Barker

25. Fashion Plate, Mark Robbins with text by Bill Horrigan

26. Untitled, Felix Gonzalez-Torres

List of Contributors

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Joel Sanders is an architect practicing in New york and an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Princeton University. His design for Artist's Live/Work Lofts, Peekskill, Ny and the Kyle Residence, Houston, received Progressive Architecture Design Citations in 1993 and 1994. His work has been exhibited at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Artists Space, New york, and the Museum of Modern Art, New york.