Architecture and fire : a psychoanalytic approach to conservation
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A number of scholarly voices in recent years have expressed interest in exploring the collaboration between two disciplines that are not tradi- tionally studied alongside one other: architecture and psychoanalysis. This book celebrates this emerging discourse by offering a reading of architectural conservation through Freudian psychoanalysis, according to which key theoretical paradoxes and inconsistencies associated with the former can be reconsidered. This approach benefits from the crea- tive and critical potential that emerges ‘between and across’1 architecture and psychoanalysis when the two are brought together and examined in close proximity. As the architectural theorist Jane Rendell suggests, the essence of interdisciplinarity is to challenge the ‘edges and borders’2 of the disciplines in question, so in this sense, how is architectural conserva- tion related to psychoanalysis? The psychiatrist Cosimo Schinaia rightly points out that ‘we live inside architectural structures, for instance our homes, but at the same time they live inside our minds: in dreams, for example, we can build architectural structures, modify them, or destroy them’.3 In this light, both disciplines deal with space, which is defined by boundaries that can be alternately simple and difficult to identify.
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