On Architectural Space and Modes of Subjectivity: Producing the Material Conditions for Creative-Productive Activity

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On Architectural Space and Modes of Subjectivity: Producing the Material Conditions for Creative-Productive Activity


  • Daniel Koch School of Architecture, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden


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Abstract:  This article discusses extended implications of Lefebvre’s The Production of Space in the context of contemporary global neoliberalism, by focus on its presence in architectural space as lived space and spatial practice. The main discussion concerns Lefebvre’s concepts of abstract space, in relation to Felix Guattari’s three ecologies, and the Aristotelean triad of aisthesis, poiesis and techné. The focus here concerns material architectural space and its relation to modes of subjectivity, especially creative-productive versus consuming subjectivities. The argument begins by elaborating on an understanding of abstract space as present in material architectural space as pervasive processes of disassociation of materiality and labor, and proceeds to through these concepts discuss modes of subjectivity—the dependence of abstract space on subjects as consumers—and the way this relates to challenges of sustainability. It further points to the importance of architectural space considered as built material environment for creative-productive modes of subjectivity which challenge abstract space and in extension consumer society, by offering potential dispositions that set subjects in a different relation to the world.

Keywords:  abstract space; architectural space; Lefebvre; modes of subjectivity; three ecologies

Published:   12 June 2018


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v3i3.1379


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