A Topology of Everyday Constellations (Writing Architecture by Georges Teyssot

By Georges Teyssot

At the present time, areas not signify a bourgeois haven; nor are they the websites of a classical concord among paintings and rest, inner most and public, the neighborhood and the worldwide. the home isn't really only a house yet a place for negotiations with a number of spheres -- the technological in addition to the actual and the mental. In A Topology of daily Constellations, Georges Teyssot considers the intrusion of the general public sphere into inner most house, and the blurring of notions of inside, privateness, and intimacy in our societies. He proposes that we reconsider layout by way of a brand new definition of the practices of daily life.

Teyssot considers the door, the window, the replicate, and the reveal as thresholds or interstitial areas that divide the realm in : the surface and the interior. Thresholds, he indicates, paintings either as markers of obstacles and as bridges to the outside. The stark selection among boundary and bridge creates a center area, an in-between that holds the potential for exchanges and encounters.

If the edge now not separates public from inner most, and if we will be able to now not contemplate the home as a bastion of privateness, Teyssot asks, does the physique nonetheless inhabit the home -- or does the home, evolving right into a sequence of microdevices, inhabit the physique?

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The gaping, rust-covered channel of the water-closet pipe. . The stubborn life of these rooms had not allowed itself to be trampled out. It was still there.  . One could see it in the colors which it had slowly changed, year by year: blue into a moldy green, green into gray, and yellow into a stale, drab, weary white.  . 98 A T opolog y of E ver y da y C onstellations 25 Residues and traces left by inhabitants can be fetid and disgusting. As in Gordon Matta-Clark’s Splitting (1974) series, or following Georges Perec’s Life: A User’s Manual (1978), a novel about the interwoven stories of the inhabitants of a fictitious Parisian apartment block, one wants to undo the structure of the building, observe all its components, inspect its every detail, and read the hundreds of stories that are discernible in lingering vestiges.

50 type” was defined by “stigmata degenerationis,” the stigma of the degenerate. Within his system of criminal anthropology, each stigma of the criminal contributed to the makeup of the criminal type. 52 The very notion of human type—the idea of a physiological mean in which the ideal would be deduced from the observation of the ordinary—was made possible by the Belgian sociologist Adolphe Quételet (1796–1874). ”53 Individual singularities were now to be observed only in light of the physiological mean or average.

Les Maisons-types (Paris: E. Leroux, 1894–1899), 2 vols. Private collection of the author. 41 his followers, at home in the French academic system, expected families to cooperate with the State in order to promote a kind of organic solidarity. One of Le Play’s followers was Henri de Tourville (1842–1903), a founder of the periodical La Science Sociale. 32 De Tourville instead created a broader nomenclature, which became an instrument of social dissection, a kind of sieve, which permitted him to sift all elements of a social type and to classify them according to their qualities.

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