Queer Space by Aaron Betsky
Architecture and Same-Sex Desire

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In Building Sex, architecture critic and curator Aaron Betsky looked at how traditional gender roles have influenced architecture. In Queer Space, he examines how same-sex desire is creating an entirely new architecture.

Gay men and women are in the forefront of architectural innovation, reclaiming abandoned neighborhoods, redefining urban spaces, and creating liberating interiors out of hostile environments. Queer spaces have arisen out of the experiences of homosexuals in a straight culture. Often forced to hide their true nature, gay men and women have turned inward, playing with the norms of interior space and creating environments of stagecraft and celebration where they can define themselves with out fear. Their experiments point the way to an architecture that can free us all from the imprisoning structures and spaces of the modern city.

 

About Aaron Betsky

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Aaron Betsky has been Director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam since 2001. Previously, he was Curator of Architecture, Design and Digital Projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is the author of a dozen books, including "Landscrapers" published in 2002 and "Three California Houses", 2003.
 
Published March 19, 1997 by William Morrow. 231 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Gay & Lesbian, Professional & Technical, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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A San Francisco-based architectural journalist and sometime guest professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Betsky (Building Sex) offers a look at the way gay architects create w

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A San Francisco-based architectural journalist and sometime guest professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Betsky (Building Sex) offers a look at the way gay architects create what he calls queer space.

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