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 (http://architecture.mit.edu/thresholds/issue/thresholds_37.pdf)