Banal Sex Mansion: talking about sex and architecture with Aaron Betsky, on Archinect Sessions #62
This week we’re joined by special guest co-host Aaron Betsky, author of Queer Space: Architecture and Same-Sex Desire and Building Sex: Men, Women, Architecture & the Construction of Sexuality. As a strong presence in the architectural discourse of gender and sexuality since the 1990s... View full entry
The enduring influence of "Playboy Architecture"
Elmhurst Art Museum presents the U.S. debut of Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979, featuring an extensive collection of photographs, films, architectural models and more from Playboy magazine’s inception in 1953 through the 1970s.
Curated by Professor Beatriz Colomina and Pep Aviles ... the exhibition showcases how architecture and design played a role in creating the Playboy fantasy as well as how Playboy magazine came to influence the world of architecture and design.
We no doubt have Hugh Hefner and the Playboy empire to thank, in no minor part, for today's standards of architectural photography, and the preeminent role many midcentury designers, featured in their present day in Playboy, enjoy in today's culture.Got your own take on how sex and sexuality... View full entry
Open Call for Submissions: Sex Aware Design
With April comes springtime, and a proliferation of reproduction symbols laden with the sticky pollen of the universal allergen – sex. We're devoting our next editorial issue on Archinect to themes of sex and sexuality in architecture, and we want you to submit (to our open call).Effective... View full entry
Editor's Picks #411
Laura Amaya published an interview with Alfredo Brillembourg, founder and co-director of Urban-Think Tank. Therein he signed off with this hopeful statement "I would say we are, now in the 21st century, in the expanded field of architecture. We are challenged, but we believe that this is one of... View full entry
Do these buildings turn you on? The psychology of curvy architecture
Oshin Vartanian and his colleagues slipped a group of people inside a brain-scanning machine and flashed hundreds of interior designs -- some curvy, some angular -- in front of them. They then had the choice of describing each room as either "beautiful" or "not beautiful."
The study found that participants overwhelmingly preferred interior spaces with curving coffee tables, meandering sofas and winding floor patterns to rooms filled with angular furniture and rectilinear design.
Building for a better Sex Life
It’s odd how little architects have had to say on the subject of sex. If they’re routinely designing the buildings in which sex happens, then you might expect them to spend more time thinking about it. Buildings frame and house our sexual lives
Richard J Williams (Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures at the University of Edinburgh) is the author of Sex and Buildings: Modern Architecture and the Sexual Revolution (2013). In a recent piece he explores the relationship between sex, communal living and architecture. Mr... View full entry
Design Crime: An Office Shaped Like Lady Parts
The showpiece is a staircase smack dab in the middle of the first-floor work room that leads to a second floor with a gaping white void painted red inside. Taranta says it's “reminiscent of a large droplet of water ready to fall from the ceiling.” Uh, yeah. If a “large droplet of water” looks exactly like a vagina.
Karim Rashid Rates Dildo Designs
German newspaper die Welt asked superstar global design machine and Fun Factory sextoy shop designer Karim Rashid to comment on dildos. For the one called Dinky Digger he said, "this is a small animal, huh?" Welt Online View full entry