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By Elizabeth Danze, Debra Coleman

During the last numerous a long time, feminists and designers have independently built opinions of recent Western assumptions and cultural practices. Architecture and Feminism addresses the intersection of those probably disparate fields via a full of life and various number of essays and tasks, together with interdisciplinary investigations of literature, social heritage, domestic economics, and paintings history.

Articles research such different themes as Niki de Saint-Phalles exuberant building-sized girl sculpture Hon, the aesthetics and politics of the Playboy bachelor pad, Edith Wharton's principles on family structure, and the Legend of grasp Manole, a disquieting jap ecu folktale that prescribes the ritual entombment of girls within the partitions of constructions, whereas visible initiatives take recognized constructions via Philip Johnson and Louis Sullivan as issues of departure for a feminist interpreting of architectural heritage. instead of providing a unmarried, didactic place, this assortment bargains a number clean voices to explain the cross-connections and shared issues among structure and feminism.

Contributors to Architecture and Feminism comprise Manuela Antoniu, Vanessa Chase, Deborah Fausch, Molly Hankwitz, Susan R. Henderson, Amy Landesberg, Lisa Quatrale, Christine S. E. Magar, Mary McLeod, and George Wagner.

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A brief account of the essay's publishing history is given in Ockman, 419. 10. Despite Foucault's interest in institutions and his insistent use of spatial metaphors, discussions of physical urban space such as cities, streets, and parks are rare in his work. " See Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space, trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith (Oxford: BlackweU, 1991; orig. Fr. , 1974), 3-4. Besides his paper "Les Espaces autres," Foucault's most concrete discussions of physical space can be found in interviews from the last decade of his life.

Perhaps there are some positions to which women have a historical if not an inherent connection, some aspects of human life that are distorted or depreciated in Western culture, some cases in which these distortions have been historically linked to a hatred of the feminine. m To take this course is to claim, not that the feminine is bodily, but that the bodily is feminist-not that a concern with the body is a guarantee of nonoppressive attitudes, but that a non oppressive attitude would include a regard for the bodily.

L. _,, t l i(, t h~ l~ architecture criticism. _ and individuals as diverse as the ---- I Situationists, the Independent Group, Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi, and Jane Jacobs have all addressed these issues. FIG. 13 Asger Jorn, Live the Passionate Revolution, 1968 Tracing this lineage, however, requires a critical distance. While some of the attempts to embrace the "everyday" have succeeded, or have at least suggested promising strategies, others now appear ineffectual or regressive, frequently carrying overtones of adolescent rebellion and machismo.

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