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My Home Is My Symptom: A Psychoanalytic Plea for Flawed Architecture


Binotto, Johannes (2013). My Home Is My Symptom: A Psychoanalytic Plea for Flawed Architecture. In: Gerber, Andri; Patterson, Brent. Metaphors in Architecture and Urbanism: An Introduction. Bielefeld: Transcript, 33-46.

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Building upon the notion of the symptom in psychoanalysis, described by Jacques Lacan as a metaphor, this paper polemically extends this juxtaposition to architecture and urbanism. It does this firstly by questioning the sanity of le Corbusier’s urban plans, which seem so paranoid precisely because of their attempt to erase any symptoms of the city considered as a sick organism. Secondly, the argument proceeds by discussing the protagonist of Frank Capra’s movie IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) who accepts the symptoms, revealed through the metaphor of the knob and is considered as an example of a good architect. Metaphors are thus used here to identify the symptoms of architecture and its pathologies.

Building upon the notion of the symptom in psychoanalysis, described by Jacques Lacan as a metaphor, this paper polemically extends this juxtaposition to architecture and urbanism. It does this firstly by questioning the sanity of le Corbusier’s urban plans, which seem so paranoid precisely because of their attempt to erase any symptoms of the city considered as a sick organism. Secondly, the argument proceeds by discussing the protagonist of Frank Capra’s movie IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) who accepts the symptoms, revealed through the metaphor of the knob and is considered as an example of a good architect. Metaphors are thus used here to identify the symptoms of architecture and its pathologies.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:June 2013
Deposited On:03 Sep 2013 13:32
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:56
Publisher:Transcript
ISBN:978-3-8376-2372-7
Official URL:http://www.transcript-verlag.de/ts2372/ts2372.php
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-80449

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