Architecture Of Creative Becomings: Sou Fujimoto

Željka PJEŠIVAC

Abstract


The study investigates Sou Fujimoto's concept of "spaces in between", moving between geometry of space, Gilles Deleuze's and Felix Guattari's ontology of becoming, Karen Barad's agential realism and Japanese philosophy of living. The starting premise is that is possible to read Japanese space-time concept of being in-between (which is the ground of Fujimoto's architecture) by the language of Deleuze's, Guattari's and Barad's philosophy and vice versa. Hence, the study aims to prove that Fujimoto's architecture can be read as an example of Japanese New Wave that makes departure from Structuralist theoretical thought, that Fujimoto's architecture can be understand as a practice that is in the act of "becoming-nature", that is, that Fujimoto's "spaces in-between" are space-time concepts in a continuous process of becomings. This is about understanding of Fujimoto's architecture as material-discursive practice (or apparatus) of social production of a multitude of sense and meaning, new sensations and sense knowledge. The study identifies several key concepts of Structuralist theoretical thought and relates them to Fujimoto's thinking about architecture, through analysis of his five key examples (Serpentine gallery pavilion, House NA, House N, Musashino Art University Museum & Library and L'arbre blanc). Through this analysis study concludes that it is possible to read Fujimoto's concept of "spaces-in between" by language of Poststructuralist theoretical thought, that is, by ontology of becoming, and that it can be read as operative rather than representative concept, one that leads toward not only emancipation of architecture, but also toward emancipation of the subject, society and culture by architecture.

Key words: Japanese New Wave, (Post-)Structuralism, becoming nature, Sou Fujimoto's spaces in between


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4305/metu.jfa.2021.1.10

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