Bio-Politics and the Emergence of Modern Architecture (FORuM by Sven-Olov Wallenstein

By Sven-Olov Wallenstein

Biopolitics and the Emergence of recent Architecture issues the dissolution of the classical paradigm of structure as imitative shape within the context of the French Enlightenment, and analyzes the emergence of a brand new common sense of structure in accordance with a biopolitical means of topic formation. Wallenstein attracts in particular at the overdue paintings of Michel Foucault for his argument and distinguishes Foucault's concept of biopolitics from that of Giorgio Agamben.

Published almost immediately after the discharge of the 1st English translation of Foucault's The delivery of Biopolitics, this can be the 1st quantity that in particular relates the biopolitical inspiration to structure. The bookconcludes with a pictorial essay at the improvement over the past centuries of the fashionable health center, a construction sort that epitomizes the unfolding of this new architectural good judgment.

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267 ff. 25. For a study of Quatremère that emphasizes his transitional role, see Sylvia Lavin, Quatremère de Quincy and the Invention of a Modern Language of Architecture (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1992). For a discussion of the roots of Quatremère’s idea of a “relative character” whose roots lie in human invention, see Vittoria di Palma, ”Architecture, Environment and Emotion: Quatremère and the Concept of Character,” AA Files 47 (2002). 26. Antoine-Chrysostome Quatremère de Quincy, Dictionnaire d’architecture, in Charles-Joseph Panckoucke, Encyclopédie méthodique (Paris, 1788), vol.

The vocabulary of the 1963 edition in fact testifies to the constant presence of phenomenological concepts that Foucault at the same is trying to dismantle, which produces a series of particularly contorted figures. These concepts, I would argue, should be understood not so much as residues of an older theory that eventually will be overcome, but as a nucleus of Foucault’s work, to which he will constantly come back. , Michel Foucault et la médicine: Lectures et usages (Paris: Kimé, 2001). 43. Mémoires sur les hôpitaux de Paris (rpr.

The resistance to rationalization and discipline cannot entail some pure affirmation of irrational forces, but rather a rediscovery of the multidirectionality and stratification of these processes. 54 The theoretical model for this resistance can undoubtedly be found in Nietzsche’s genealogy of consciousness and conscience,55 in his reflections on the amount of “pre-historical 39 work” that is required for the formation of a responsible agent — the creation of “docile bodies,” as Foucault puts it in Discipline and Punish.

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