1st Edition

Stud Architectures of Masculinity

Edited By Joel Sanders Copyright 1996
    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.



    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


    Joel Sanders, FAIA is Principal of JSA (Joel Sanders Architect), his LGBTBE-certified, award-winning architecture firm based in New York, as well as MIXdesign, a think tank and design consultancy dedicated to creating inclusive design solutions that meet the needs of people of different ages, genders, religions and abilities. Sanders is Professor-in-Practice at Yale School of Architecture where he was Director of Post-Professional Studies from 2015-2021, and the author of three books -- STUD: Architectures of Masculinity, Joel Sanders: Writings and Projects and Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture. JSA projects have been featured in international exhibitions and the permanent collections of MoMA, SF MoMA, Art Institute of Chicago and the Carnegie Museum of Art. The firm has received six New York Chapter AIA Design Awards, three New York State AIA Design Awards, three Interior Design Best of Year Awards, two ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards, and Design Citations from Progressive Architecture.