Sex and Buildings: Modern Architecture and the Sexual Revolution

Sex and Buildings: Modern Architecture and the Sexual Revolution

Richard J. Williams


Massive glossy skyscrapers, obelisks, towers—all are buildings that, due to their phallic form, are usually linked to intercourse. yet different structures are extra subtly hooked up, as they supply the frameworks for our sexual lives and act as reminders of our sexual thoughts. This dating among intercourse and structures mattered greater than ever within the usa and Europe throughout the turbulent 20th century, whilst a tradition of unparalleled sexual frankness and tolerance emerged and got here to dominate many features of public life.
 
Part architectural background, half cultural historical past, and half travelogue, Sex and Buildings explores how innovative sexual attitudes appear themselves in structure, asking what innovative sexuality may perhaps appear like architecturally and exploring the successes and screw ups of structures' attempts to mirror it. looking for buildings that mirror the sexual mores in their population, Richard J. Williams visits modernist constructions in Southern California, the Westin Bonaventure resort, the Playboy Mansion in Chicago, the Seagram in manhattan, communes from the Nineteen Sixties, and extra. a desirable and infrequently humorous examine a interval of awesome social switch coupled with aesthetic invention, Sex and Buildings will swap the best way we glance on the structures round us.

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