Architecture and the Unconscious_Hendrix PPC Selected_proof 0Κυκλοφορεί στις εκδόσεις Ashgate ο συλλογικός τόμος Architecture and the Unconscious με επιμέλεια των John Shannon Hendrix και Lorens Eyan Holm.
Ο Νίκος Σιδέρης συμβάλλει με θέμα «Architecture and the Unconscious: Fantasy, Construction, and the Dual Spatiality».


Subjectivity is imprescriptible in architecture. It does not arise from disparate elements of the psychical system nor is it embodied in disparate elements of the building. It constitutes the principle of coherence of the personal architectural work, condensating in the distinctive style of an architect.

The template for this coherence corresponds to the architect’s sense of the world (present and becoming, real and imagined) as determined by his/her unconscious fundamental fantasy (in its lacanian version). The fundamental fantasy is the cardinal mediation between the structural subject of the unconscious and the active manifestation of the subject’s desire. Accordingly, architecture is the architect’s fantasy reformulated in the language of construction. The leading function in this process is the encounter with the Other, and its outcome presents itself as the signifying building.

The architectural space is represented, conceived, designed, felt, lived and experienced in the specifically human environment of Double Spatiality, that is conscious and unconscious. This duality of the subjective spatial functioning is crucial for theorizing and practicing architecture in general and, in particular, for the articulation of the architecture of need and of the architecture of desire.

The case of Antoni Gaudí illustrates this theoretical approach.