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The Architecture of Psychoanalysis: Spaces of Transition

The Architecture of Psychoanalysis: Spaces of Transition
Professor Jane Rendell

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In this thought-provoking book, Jane Rendell explores how architectural space registers in psychoanalysis. She investigates both the inherently spatial vocabulary of psychoanalysis and ideas around the physical 'setting' of the psychoanalytic encounter, with reference to Sigmund Freud, D.W. Winnicott and Andre Green. Building on the innovative writing methods employed in Art and Architecture and Site-Writing, she also addresses the concept of architecture as 'social condenser' a Russian constructivist notion that connects material space and community relations. Tracing this idea's progress from 1920s Moscow to 1950s Britain, Rendell shows how interior and exterior meet in both psychoanalysis and architectural practice. Illuminating a novel field of interdisciplinary enquiry, this book breathes fresh life into notions of social space."

Author Info

Jane Rendell is Professor of Architecture and Art, and Vice Dean of Research at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. She is author of Site-writing: The Architecture of Art Criticism (I.B.Tauris, 2011) and Art and Architecture (I.B.Tauris, 2006) among other publications.


'In the calculated destruction of tower blocks, the malignant neglect of communal housing and the greedy manipulation of the housing market, Jane Rendell witnesses both the losses of architecture and the death throes of an idea – the idea that architecture is a social good. Jane refuses to become melancholic or defeated. Instead, she seeks the resources that might allow us to generate spaces and times that can move us forwards. This book is a recognition of losses to be found in the rubble and ruin of our cities, but attempts to serve a more hopeful architecture, tuned to the needs of individuals, of communities, and of wider society. The Architecture of Psychoanalysis is a beautiful braiding of provocative architectural criticism and evocative psychoanalytic insight. This book revels in the possibilities, both political and personal, that this braiding offers.’ - Steve Pile, Professor of Human Geography, The Open University

‘Dizzying in its scope and ambition. Jane Rendell has pioneered a new field of interdisciplinary study and in the process issued a call to arms in uncertain times, based on the uncovering of the politically unconscious in architecture. A vital book.’ - Anna Minton, author of Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the 21st Century City, and Reader in Architecture at the University of East London


Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781784536541
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2017
Number of Pages: 312
Height: 254
Width: 159

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