Form follows libido

architecture and Richard Neutra in a psychoanalytic culture

By Lavin, Sylvia

Publishers Summary:
"Sylvia Lavin's Form Follows Libido argues that by the 1950s, some architects felt an urge to steer the cool abstraction of high modernism away from a neutral formalism toward the production of more erotic, affective environments. Lavin turns to the architecture of Richard Neutra (1892-1970) to explore the genesis of these new mood-inducing environments. In a series of engaging essays weaving through the designs and writings of this Vienna-born, California-based architect, Lavin discovers in Neutra a sustained and poignant psychoanalytic reflection set in the context of a burgeoning psychoanalytic culture in America".--BOOKJACKET.

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ISBN
978-0-26212-268-9
Publisher
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2004.


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Reviewed on February 7, 2005

"Architecture generally considers environmental design to be repulsive, an odious amalgam of pseudoscience, bad form and moralism," writes UCLA Architecture chair Lavin. Yet she makes a strong case for 1950s work that aimed at creating an "affective environment," and that of Neutra (18921970) in particular. By the term affective environment, Lavin means designs that are "characterized above all by their sense of mood" and that, thus, c...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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