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Lacan + Architecture

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  • Oct 2024
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  • Demonstrates the potential of Lacanian psychoanalysis for reviving architectural theory
  • Addresses current issues and crises in architecture and society including economic fracture and threats to mental health
  • Provides a new architectural point of view for Lacanian studies

Part of the book series: The Palgrave Lacan Series (PALS)

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About this book

This book seeks to revise and revive architectural theory through psychoanalysis as well as to apply psychoanalytic theory to architecture. Its authors argue for Lacan’s central importance for a comprehensive theory of building and suggest how architectural theory might offer new resources for psychoanalytic theorists. They address both the perceived crisis in the contemporary state of architecture and architectural theory and crises in society at large, including political and economic fracture and instability and threats to mental health and well-being. It offers fresh insights to architects, architectural educators and practitioners, scholars of psychoanalysis, and anyone interested in the human condition in relation to the built environment.


  • Psychoanalytic Studies in Architecture
  • psychoanalytic theory
  • Freudian psychoanalysis
  • Lacanian psychoanalysis
  • psychoanalysis and architecture
  • Aesthetics
  • psychology and the built environment
  • architecture and mental health

Editors and Affiliations

  • Cummings School of Architecture, Roger Williams University, Bristol, USA

    John Shannon Hendrix

  • School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom

    Francesco Proto

About the editors

John Shannon Hendrix is Professor of Art and Architectural History at Cummings School of Architecture, Roger Williams University, United States. He is the author and editor of numerous articles and books including Architecture and the Unconscious (2016, with Lorens Eyan Holm) and Architecture and Psychoanalysis (2006).

Francesco Proto is Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is the author of numerous articles and books including Baudrillard for Architects (2019).


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Lacan + Architecture

  • Editors: John Shannon Hendrix, Francesco Proto

  • Series Title: The Palgrave Lacan Series

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Behavioral Science and Psychology, Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-63256-3Due: 28 October 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-63259-4Due: 28 October 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-63257-0Due: 28 October 2024

  • Series ISSN: 2946-4196

  • Series E-ISSN: 2946-420X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Illustrations: 30 b/w illustrations

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