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The Symmetrical Relationship Between Architecture, Human and Animal

Part 1 Dissertation 2011
Kimberly Mah
University of Brighton UK
The dissertation is an exploration of the symmetrical relationship between Architecture, Animal and Human in the period that Catherine Ingraham calls ‘Post-Animal life’. It is an attempt to prove that the notions of Architecture, Animal and Human are interdependent of one another—that Architecture is both the conditioning force towards its occupant and the subject that is conditioned by its occupant.

The discourse is divided into two main parts:
In Architecture as the Conditioning Force: Architecture as the Animalizer, the coexistence of the Human and Animal in Man is questioned. This chapter is an investigation of Architecture as the milieu which enables Man freedom such that the Human within him is able to slip, interchange and coexist with the Animal that the modern Man has a tendency to suppress.

In Architecture as the World of the Animal, Architecture is seen as the force that conditions the Animal such that the Animal is speculated to have newfound freedom in the world of Man. The chapter touches on the use of the Animal as a representation of life forms in architectural drawings.

Architecture as the Conditioned Being thus explores the conditioning force that the Human/Animal exerts towards Architecture, which begins to cause a response in Architecture to become somewhat anthropomorphous.

The exploration reveals a relationship between the triad that is mostly symmetrical, albeit the conditioning force exerted by the Human/Animal towards Architecture is less in effect compared to that of Architecture on the Human/Animal.

Kimberly Mah

Ross Adams
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