A Topology Of Everyday Constellations by Georges TeyssotA Topology Of Everyday Constellations by Georges Teyssot

A Topology Of Everyday Constellations

byGeorges Teyssot

Paperback | February 22, 2013

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The threshold as both boundary and bridge: investigations of spaces, public and private, local and global.

Today, spaces no longer represent a bourgeois haven; nor are they the sites of a classical harmony between work and leisure, private and public, the local and the global. The house is not merely a home but a position for negotiations with multiple spheres-the technological as well as the physical and the psychological. In A Topology of Everyday Constellations, Georges Teyssot considers the intrusion of the public sphere into private space, and the blurring of notions of interior, privacy, and intimacy in our societies. He proposes that we rethink design in terms of a new definition of the practices of everyday life.

Teyssot considers the door, the window, the mirror, and the screen as thresholds or interstitial spaces that divide the world in two: the outside and the inside. Thresholds, he suggests, work both as markers of boundaries and as bridges to the exterior. The stark choice between boundary and bridge creates a middle space, an in-between that holds the possibility of exchanges and encounters.

If the threshold no longer separates public from private, and if we can no longer think of the house as a bastion of privacy, Teyssot asks, does the body still inhabit the house-or does the house, evolving into a series of microdevices, inhabit the body?

Georges Teyssot, Professor in the School of Architecture at Laval University, Quebec, has taught the history and theory of architecture at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura of Venice, Princeton University's School of Architecture, and the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich. He is the author or editor of many books, in...
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Title:A Topology Of Everyday ConstellationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.69 inPublished:February 22, 2013Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262518325

ISBN - 13:9780262518321

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The threshold as both boundary and bridge: investigations of spaces, public and private, local and global.Today, spaces no longer represent a bourgeois haven; nor are they the sites of a classical harmony between work and leisure, private and public, the local and the global. The house is not merely a home but a position for negotiations with multiple spheres-the technological as well as the physical and the psychological. In A Topology of Everyday Constellations, Georges Teyssot considers the intrusion of the public sphere into private space, and the blurring of notions of interior, privacy, and intimacy in our societies. He proposes that we rethink design in terms of a new definition of the practices of everyday life. Teyssot considers the door, the window, the mirror, and the screen as thresholds or interstitial spaces that divide the world in two: the outside and the inside. Thresholds, he suggests, work both as markers of boundaries and as bridges to the exterior. The stark choice between boundary and bridge creates a middle space, an in-between that holds the possibility of exchanges and encounters. If the threshold no longer separates public from private, and if we can no longer think of the house as a bastion of privacy, Teyssot asks, does the body still inhabit the house-or does the house, evolving into a series of microdevices, inhabit the body? In this intense and beautiful book, Georges Teyssot presents a portrait of the interior from the late eighteenth century to today. Like the rag and bone man of history, Teyssot has spent years picking up the most evocative clues. The result is like the nineteenth-century interior he writes about. We find ourselves in a kind of dense space filled with exotic and endlessly fascinating fragments. As we move through the collection we experience a kind of delirium. It is as if the history of the interior is the history of everything, or as if the interior is the place to see everything all at once.-Beatriz Colomina, Professor, School of Architecture, Princeton University