Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment

Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment

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By (author) Henri Lefebvre, Edited by Lukasz Stanek, Translated by Robert Bononno

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  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Format: Paperback | 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 18mm | 320g
  • Publication date: 21 June 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Minnesota
  • ISBN 10: 0816677204
  • ISBN 13: 9780816677207
  • Illustrations note: 22 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 83,654

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"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 process 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. Examining architectural examples from the Renaissance to the postwar period, Lefebvre investigates the bodily pleasures of moving in and around buildings and monuments, urban spaces, and gardens and landscapes. He argues that areas dedicated to enjoyment, sensuality, and desire are important sites for a society passing beyond industrial modernization. Lefebvre's theories on space and urbanization fundamentally reshaped the way we understand cities. "Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment" promises a similar impact on how we think about, and live within, architecture.

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Henri Lefebvre (1901-1991) was a Marxist philosopher and sociologist. His many books include "The Right to the City, The Production of Space, Everyday Life in the Modern World, "and "The Urban Revolution" (Minnesota, 2003). Łukasz Stanek is lecturer at the Manchester Architecture Centre, University of Manchester, and the author of "Henri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of Theory" (Minnesota, 2011). Robert Bononno, a teacher and translator, lives in New York City. His recent translations include "Speech Begins after Death" by Michel Foucault (Minnesota, 2013) and "Cosmopolitics I "and" II" by Isabelle Stengers (Minnesota, 2010-11).

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"Stanek's work has already taken scholarship on Henri Lefebvre's concept of space to an unprecedented level of philosophical sophistication. With the discovery of this new text, Stanek escorts Lefebvre to the center of architecture theory since 1968. Lefebvre's conceptual text and Stanek's exquisite Introduction together enable the possibility of thinking not about architecture, but thinking "architecturally" about how we inhabit our world. "Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment" takes us toward a concept of the architectural imagination that is a powerful mediator between thought and action." --K. Michael Hays, Harvard Graduate School of Design