Body-building-becomings: the productive material life of the artisanal-architect

Smith, Cathy (2015) Body-building-becomings: the productive material life of the artisanal-architect. Australian Feminist Studies, 30 86: 402-417. doi:10.1080/08164649.2016.1158688


Author Smith, Cathy
Title Body-building-becomings: the productive material life of the artisanal-architect
Journal name Australian Feminist Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1465-3303
0816-4649
Publication date 2015-10-02
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08164649.2016.1158688
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 30
Issue 86
Start page 402
End page 417
Total pages 16
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper concerns the conceptual resonances and ‘relays’ between the two contrasting philosophical notions and operational modes of the ‘architect’ and the ‘artisan’, here explored though a feminist philosophical framework and focus on materiality and corporality. There is a particular concentration on the way in which a ‘DIY’ (Do It Yourself) production methodology in architecture complicates Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s invocation of the architect-artisan binary in their collaborative text A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (1980). For them, the architect is a hegemonic figure whose detached operational approach differs from that of the artisan who discovers and responds to ‘real-life’ circumstances as they are directly encountered within project settings. Through reference to writings on the body and space by specific feminist philosophers, this paper draws attention to an artisanal mode of operation associated with architecture in which the body is deliberately enfolded within architectural production and consumption. An explication of my own comportment within the architectural processes of two self-initiated collaborative projects enables the relation between the two modes of operation – architectural and artisanal – to be recast within the very body of the architect herself.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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