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Exposing the Unconscious through the Para-Architectural Photo-Essay and Prose

D'Arcy-Reed, Louis ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2354-6247 (2020) Exposing the Unconscious through the Para-Architectural Photo-Essay and Prose. Architecture and Culture, 8 (2). pp. 215-235.

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Para-architecture as a method of design exploits the creative potential within interdisciplinary practices such as philosophy, sculpture, cartoons, as a supplement to conventional design methodologies. This photo essay expands upon such methods originally highlighted within Bernard Tschumi’s Manhattan Transcripts (1976), in a parallel to unconscious principles of psychoanalytic “site-writing”, as proposed by Jane Rendell. Responding to the Hepworth Wakefield, United Kingdom, as the architectural object, photography and intuitive prose are explored as para-architectural tools of interrogation. Through an original series of photographs and developed prose, a diagnosis and analysis takes place – harnessing the potential of utilizing para-architectural methods to explore the unconscious of cultural architectural interventions. The future potential in subscribing to para-architectural inquiry affords for design ideologies and pedagogy within the discipline to advance the dimensions of prescriptive architecture; encouraging creative responses, whilst also considering the unseen cognitive burdens architecture often places onto communities, cultures, and cities.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/20507828.2020.1740961
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5624

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