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Hilde Heynen & Gwendolyn Wright

In: The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory

Chapter 1: Introduction: Shifting Paradigms and Concerns

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Introduction: Shifting Paradigms and Concerns
Introduction: Shifting paradigms and concerns
HildeHeynen and GwendolynWright

Architecture houses and holds human beings in an intimate way, enframing them in a manner not unlike clothing (although admittedly less intimately). It thereby mediates between people and their wider environment, providing a membrane that protects bodies from intruders and climatic incursions such as rain or cold. It also gives them a symbolic presence, at once internal and in terms of the outside world, in which variations can have radically divergent effects on individual psyches. No single person controls this complex mediation; it involves ongoing negotiations about social, cultural, economic and political matters. This is how architecture is intertwined with articulations of power and difference. Power is relevant when discussing the privileged role of ...

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