Foucault for Architects (Thinkers for Architects)

Foucault for Architects (Thinkers for Architects)

Gordana Fontana-Giusti

Language: English

Pages: 200

ISBN: 0415693314

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

From the mid-1960s onwards Michel Foucault has had a significant impact on diverse aspects of culture, knowledge and arts including architecture and its critical discourse. The implications for architecture have been wide-ranging. His archaeological and genealogical approaches to knowledge have transformed architectural history and theory, while his attitude to arts and aesthetics led to a renewed focus on the avant-garde.

Prepared by an architect, this book offers an excellent entry point into the remarkable work of Michel Foucault, and provides a focused introduction suitable for architects, urban designers, and students of architecture.

Foucault’s crucial juxtaposition of space, knowledge and power has unlocked novel spatial possibilities for thinking about design in architecture and urbanism. While the philosopher's ultimate attention on the issues of body and sexuality has defined our understanding of the possibilities and limits of human condition and its relation to architecture.

The book concentrates on a number of historical and theoretical issues often addressed by Foucault that have been grouped under the themes of archaeology, enclosure, bodies, spatiality and aesthetics in order to examine and demonstrate their relevancy for architectural knowledge, its history and its practice.















has been hindered and unavailable for centuries. He thus awoke the thoughts that lay dormant within the ancient volumes of texts and rekindled the possibility of understanding the world as the scaena mundi – ‘the world stage’ – once again (Foucault 1991: 17). In that sense, after a lengthy period of time in the history of European thought, Foucault’s archaeological approach was able to unearth this point of entry to the previous way of thinking by means of grasping the mechanisms of its systems

of knowledge. In organising this scene of historical investigation, Foucault provided guidance for understanding sixteenth-century texts and artefacts. By bringing the forgotten discourses to the fore, Foucault has opened up the dialogue between (previously) cryptic treatises, their precedents in Antiquity and our reading of these texts today. It was Foucault who explained how Antiquity was perceived as a vast space with signs to be discovered, and how prophecy (divinatio) and erudition

(understood in a general sense). Foucault believed that the captivation with concepts such as ‘humanity’, ‘art’ or ‘architecture’ served to obscure the relation between the individual and knowledge by means of the apparatuses that administer modern society. The relevance of this point has grown recently as modern societies (alarmingly including academia) have been administered with lesser concerns for the relationship between individuals and knowledge. Instead, in the societies of late

describes it as investigation into recording the ‘singularity of events’ about things which ‘we tend to feel [are] without history’. Echoing Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals, Foucault aimed to demonstrate the plural and often contradictory past that reveals traces of the effects that power relations have had upon truth. By questioning and analysing presumed truths in Discipline and Punish, Foucault argues that truth is often discovered by chance and backed by the workings of power in the pursuit

used only for identification and explanation without intent to infringe. British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data Fontana-Giusti, Gordana. Foucault for architects / Gordana Fontana-Giusti. pages cm. -- (Thinkers for architects) Includes index. 1. Foucault, Michel, 1926-1984. 2. Architecture--Philosophy. I. Title. B2430.F724F584 2013 720.1--dc23 2013001756 ISBN:

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