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Queer space : architecture and same-sex desire

Author: Aaron Betsky
Publisher: New York : William Morrow & Co., ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Betsky asserts that gay men and women have always been at the forefront of architectural innovation - reclaiming abandoned neighborhoods, redefining urban spaces, and creating liberating interiors out of hostile environments. These "queer spaces" reflect 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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Aaron Betsky
ISBN: 0688143016 9780688143015
OCLC Number: 34598009
Description: vii, 231 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Some queer constructs --
Closet cases and mirror worlds --
Aesthetic escapades and escapes --
Queering modernism --
From cruising to community --
The void and other queer spaces.
Responsibility: Aaron Betsky.

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Betsky asserts that gay men and women have always been at the forefront of architectural innovation - reclaiming abandoned neighborhoods, redefining urban spaces, and creating liberating interiors out of hostile environments. These "queer spaces" reflect 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 without fear. Their experiments point the way to an architecture that can free us all from the imprisoning structures and spaces of the modern city.

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