The Sex of Architecture by Diana Agrest, Patricia Conway, Leslie Kanes Weisman

By Diana Agrest, Patricia Conway, Leslie Kanes Weisman

This e-book brings jointly 24 provocative texts that jointly exhibit the facility and variety of women's perspectives on structure at the present time. This quantity offers a discussion between ladies historians, practitioners, theorists, and others considering severe concerns in structure and urbanism.

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Eve, or rather Eve's gender, puts some kind of wedge into the equation. The spirit of Hughes's use of the word "invention" is that women invent a way into architecture by inventing different kinds of practice: 34 small practices, hybrid practices, practices in theory. The one architectural practice that resists, or proves difficult for, this type of invention is building buildings. Either invented practices are too small, too hybrid, too theoretical to attract major building commissions, or the very form of a (so-called) invented practice has a puzzling and problematic relationship to buildings.

R. Sophocles, Antigone, trans. Kenneth McLeish (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1979). 2. Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatm Logico-Philosophiws, trans. D. F. Pears and B. F. McGuinness (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1961). 3· Victor Hugo, Notre Dame rf Paris, trans. John Sturrock (London: Penguin Books, 1978), 189. 4· Rene Magritte, letter to Camille Goemans, September 27, 1928, in Nlagritte/ Torczyner: Letters Between Friends, trans. Richard Miller (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1994). " - Sandra Harding' This essay originated with the China Basin project, a theoretical urban proposal for San Francisco developed with my office for the exhibition Visionary San Francisco, held at the San Francisco Museum of :Modern Art in 1990.

The mythology of an "original speech" that was later sullied by writing, by civilization, by genealogical anxiety, is the mythology and theology of the Garden of Eden itself, which was, above all, a place where inside and outside were fixed. Derrida goes on to say: 33 "Malebranche explained original sin as inattention, the temptation of ease and idleness, by that nothing that was Adam's distraction, alone culpable before the innocence of the divine word: the latter exerted no force, no efficacy, since nothing had taken place.

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