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the pansexual city

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Liz Feder and I are planning a conference/workshop event later this year, and it would be great to open up the discussion more at this beginning stage.

Bi is “both”; Trans is “beyond”; Pan is “all.” Using the concept of sexuality in urbanism as a launch pad, the project appropriates the vocabulary of gender theory for a discussion about the multiplicity of access, materiality and form in urban space. Beyond the familiar metaphor of city as body, it proposes a to move beyond dualism to a pan-geographic reading of the city, a diffraction into multiple bodies and realities and a necessary re-conceptualization of border, limit, and edge. This diffraction is dependent on the emerging virtual realm of existence dependent on virtual mapping networks. How does the physical body live in and react to this developing landscape? How has the city-body metaphor changed, and how can we think about the city’s axis, properties of gravity and speed, and mechanisms of power and control in a radically plural city? 

As a starting point we'd propose to talk about the main texts we have been using:

Giuliana Bruno's The Architectural Imaginary

Anthony Vidler's Homes for Cyborgs 

Diana Agrest's Architecture from Without

Nana Last's Repositioning Center: Architecture, Gender, and Fluidity from Thresholds 37 (







"Learning to Hug", by Adam Curtis:

Very interesting text. Too bad I found it only now--it could have been a great material for the class. Maybe we should start a class about this subject.

And this is the "everything is ok" video:

Hey all. The last few sessions have all touched on the topic of fused beings, hinging around the Cyborg, and it would be great for next week if we could get deeper into that discussion. For the next class (and our last scheduled class, but there is potential for more if we feel they are warranted) we would like to focus on the Vidler text, "Homes for Cyborgs":, and Agrest's "Architecture from Without:"
Great supplemental texts could be Neil Leach's short text on belonging:, and the essays on cognitive architecture and biopower/biopolotics that Robert posted last week.

See you Wednesday,


Reminder to everyone that we are still on for tonight. Come armed w. Jeune Fille. See you at 8pm!

that's correct dennis, we'll still have two more classses.

thanks so much for scheduling them.


does that still mean there's gonna be two more meetings - one next week, another the week after?
i've scheduled classes on those two days for now, if that's not ok just post it here.


I am sick as hell today and liz is moving this week. We are re-scheduling today's class until next Wednesday. Sorry for the last-minute switch, and look forward to seeing you all next week !!



I am sick as hell today and liz is moving this week. We are re-scheduling today's class until next Wednesday. Sorry for the last-minute switch, and look forward to seeing you all next week !!


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hey! elvia, your link doesn't work.
i don't have the book back since now, let's see. if not, i think the short lazzarato-text will do, since it gives a brief overview about the concept of biopolitics.

see you!

PS: if somebody is interested in the deleuze-bla bla i was talking about, i scanned some short essays from simon o'sullivan and stephen zepke's collection "deleuze, guattari and the production of the new"
for another lecture i also uploaded the entire 180-page volume of joe hughes' "deleuze and the genesis of representation". it is a generally great introduction to deleuzes thinking via the husserlian problem of genetic constitution. genesis, not creation. "after an innovative reading of husserl's late work, hughes turns to a detailed study of the conceptual structures of deleuzes three books [difference and repetition, the logic of sense and anti-oedipus]." (

Hi !

I've gone through the Tiqqun Jeune Fille text and made a careful selection based on what seemed most relevant for us. I included the complete introduction, the first page of each sub-heading to get an overview idea of the major points, and most of sections 1, 9, and 10 (they get us closest to cyborgs and bio-power, which seems like where we're heading next).

It's an easy read and pretty short now -- I suggest we start there and then move on to reading as much of Robert's biopower text as we can. Maybe he can summarize it for us on Wednesday too?

Here's the amputated text -

See you Wednesday! Looking forward,



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