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Negotiating Domesticity : Spatial Productions of Gender in Modern Architecture - Hilde Heynen

Negotiating Domesticity

Spatial Productions of Gender in Modern Architecture

By: Hilde Heynen (Editor), Gulsum Baydar (Editor)

Paperback Published: 9th May 2005
ISBN: 9780415341394
Number Of Pages: 322

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The home as part of material culture is the very place where the intricate relations between architecture, gender and domesticity become visible. This book investigates the multi-layered themes evoked by the interconnections between these terms. The contributions to this book address the gendered conceptions and the use of built spaces, the role of women as active agents of spatial production, and the mutual inscriptions of the materiality of architectural space and gendered subjectivities.
The focus of inquiry is modern architecture, also including the celebrated architecture of the Modern movement as its more common and widely spread derivatives that became the dominant mode of building in the twentieth century. The articles in the introductory section provide an overview of the existing discourse on modernity, domesticity and gender. The following three sections consist of essays on specific spatial scenarios from a broad range of geographical locations in the West, whereby the complicated relationship between gender and domestic space are revealed in architectural discourse and practice. The topics range from well-known architects and architectural examples such as Adolf Loos and the Maison de Verre to relatively unknown cases such as the polykatoikia apartments in Greece. In all cases, the authors' emphasis remains on how the concept of domesticity is produced by the gendered subjectivity of builders and users of domestic spaces and by architectural discourse.
The essays brought together in this book are based upon new interdisciplinary research which enriches architectural history with sociological, anthropological, philosophical and psychoanalytical approaches. Despite the Modern movement's prominent emphasis on housing, the point is often made that modern art and architecture were about the suppression rather than the glorification of domesticity. This book contends that the modern era marks the rise of a new sense of domesticity that developed simultaneously with re-definitions of gender roles and which led to unprecedented articulations of sexuality with domestic space.

Illustration creditsp. vii
Notes on contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Modernity and domesticity: tensions and contradictionsp. 1
Figures of wo/man in contemporary architectural discoursep. 30
Gendered subjectsp. 47
"A citizen as well as a housewife": new spaces of domesticity in 1930s Londonp. 49
The housewife, the builder, and the desire for a polykatoikia apartment in postwar Athensp. 65
Promoting Catholic family values and modern domesticity in postwar Belgiump. 83
Rehearsing domesticity: postwar Pocono honeymoon resortsp. 103
Sexual articulationsp. 121
"Only where comfort ends, does humanity begin": on the "coldness" of avant-garde architecture in the Weimar periodp. 123
The uncanny architect: fears of lesbian builders and deviant homes in modern Germanyp. 145
A queer analysis of Eileen Gray's E. 1027p. 162
An architecture of twenty words: intimate details of a London blue plaque housep. 181
Denatured domesticity: an account of femininity and physiognomy in the interiors of Frances Glessner Leep. 196
Spatial practicesp. 213
Unequal union: La Casa Estudio de San Angel Inn, c. 1929-1932p. 215
Looking at/in/from the Maison de Verrep. 234
Mediating houses: Marie-Jose Van Hee's domestic architecturep. 252
Photography's veil: reading gender and Loos' interiorsp. 281
The modernist boudoir and the erotics of spacep. 296
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ISBN: 9780415341394
ISBN-10: 0415341396
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 9th May 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.6  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1