Wednesday, September 17
12:00pm - 02:00pm
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Loeb Library, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Free and open to the public
Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment* is the first publication in any language of the only book devoted to architecture by Henri Lefebvre. Written in 1973 but only recently discovered in a private archive, this work extends Lefebvre’s influential theory of urban space to the question of architecture. Taking the practices and perspective of habitation as his starting place, Lefebvre redefines architecture as a mode of imagination rather than a specialized procedure or a collection of monuments. He calls for an architecture of jouissance—of pleasure or enjoyment—centered on the body and its rhythms and based on the possibilities of the senses.
Author Łucasz Stanek will talk about the book and engage in a discussion. Moderated by Neil Brenner Professor of Urban Theory with: Eve Blau Adjunct Professor of the History of Urban Form, Michael Hays Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, Tom Conley Abbot Lawrence Lowell Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and of Romance Languages and Literatures, and Stuart Elden University of Warwick, Department of Politics and International Studies.
*Henri Lefebvre, Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment, edited and with an introduction by Łukasz Stanek, translated by Robert Bononno (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014).
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