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Affect, Architecture, and Practice


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1 Space of Affect: Abstracting and Localising Affect 2 Time of Affect: Towards Stuttering Temporalities through Affect–Time Vector 3 Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture DPC: Kaohsiung Port Terminal 4 Kerstin Thompson Architects: Monash University Museum of Art 5 Shigeru Ban Architects: Christchurch Transitional Cardboard Cathedral 6 Conclusion: Life of Architecture and Afterlife of Affects

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Akari Nakai Kidd is an academic and scholar in architectural design and architectural theory and criticism at Deakin University, Australia. Her work is interdisciplinary and crosses the fields of architecture, critical theory, and philosophy. Her current research explores the in-betweens of architectural practice, specifically the creative processes of design through the lens of affect theory. She seeks to use affect as a theoretical tool to interrogate the stability of objects, the smooth temporality of practice, and its often under-conceptualised post- or non-human dimensions.


"Nakai Kidd’s book is a major extension of theories of affect into the field of architecture. Through a theoretical engagement with the likes of Spinoza, Nietzsche, and Deleuze, and an analysis of projects by Reiser + Umemoto, RUR, Kerstin Thompson Architects, and Shigeru Ban Architects, she provides a detailed and nuanced account of this emerging area of architectural theory. At once provocative and accessible, Affect, Architecture, and Practice is highly recommended."Professor Iain Borden, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London"The question of 'affect' has, in a moment preoccupied with ecological issues, taken a second place to technological concerns of energy and efficiency. And yet a comprehensive understanding of the relations among subjects and their environments, the special psychic conditions of their inhabitation, technological and spatial, remains essential to any comprehensive vision of the post-Anthropocene world. Akari Nakai Kidd has provided us with a guidebook to this new universe, one that leads us through the theoretical and analytical conditions that surround our fundamental question: how to design for human subjects in a world formed of those potentially dangerous objects that, posing as 'architecture', invade and consume, if not ignore the bodily, sensual, and psychological demands of the subjects that inhabit them."Professor Anthony Vidler, Professor of Architecture, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union; Visiting Professor of Architecture, Princeton University

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