Architecture and Psychoanalysis: Fantasy and Construction

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Architecture represents the fantasy of the architect formulated in the language of construction.
The fantasy is the support of the subject’s world -a world real or imagined, encountered or fabricated.
Through fantasy, desire invents its forms, and sense and investment are attributed to things.
The architect creates fantasies in order to repair or to remould an imperfect or unfinished world. In the soul of each architect, in the beginning there always are certain ruins.
The language of construction frames and constrains the transposition of the architect’s fantasy into forms. Its components embrace limitations, determinations and codes -natural, technological, technical, practical, economical, social, historical, political, institutional, cultural, communicational and psychological ones… Its nodal organizer is the encounter with the Other.
The difficult dialectic encounter of this kind can lead to the apparition of architectural symptoms: Loss of language, speech emptiness, double language, deficient form, stereotyping, repetition…
This difficult encounter, however, can engender the constructed work, where the subjectivity of the architect is embodied, recognizable as a signifying construction. There, the language of construction is sublimated and constitutes the space of creativity, offering fantasy its most favorable mode of existence: Encounter with things -with its consequent risk and enjoyment.
The concept of fantasy enables the transition from architecture of needs to architecture of desire.