Reading 47 – Lefebvre

The creation of space is a problem inherent in all architecture, where the relationship between the outside and the inside creates a topological shift. How it may be understood by the layman is important as architects strive for comprehension and resolution in projects. Lefebvre suggests that space is “strictly visual, entirely subordinate to a logic of visualization.” Ultimately, the architect must create spaces that define the ability to inhabit, otherwise, without inhabitants there is no architecture. This naturally bridges into the existence of social relationships within the space. The space can help to define how inhabitants relate to one another, and in turn how the space used. If the space can speak back to the inhabitants, a greater relationship and understanding of space may develop. By doing so, the architecture maintains a physical presence within the social human ecology. As Lefebvre goes on to note, these considerations for space generate a variety of architectural results. Ambiguity is a word Lefebvre makes a point of utilizing as it reflects flexibility. Adaptation and the affect of populations within space is a positive result. How can we guarantee ambiguity in projects without bearing on insufficient resolution? Will architecture revert back to a time where space was the cause for affect rather than the inhabitant?


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