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Liquid Concepts: Liquid Architecture, the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and the Films of David Lynch

Adamis, A; (2013) Liquid Concepts: Liquid Architecture, the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and the Films of David Lynch. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London).

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Abstract

The thesis explores the nature and impact of liquid concepts with a particular focus on liquid architecture, dually interpreted through the thinking of Gilles Deleuze and the cinematic works of David Lynch. The text begins with a consideration of how architecture was until recently expected to be stable and solid. Following this, it introduces liquid concepts and what can be understood by this term, before discussing the stimuli that led to the expression of liquid thinking through liquid architecture. An introduction to the thinking of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari follows, with a selective focus placed on ideas of relevance to liquid concepts. The central part of the text discusses liquid architecture, mentioning several key figures within the movement, including Lars Spuybroek, Kas Oosterhuis and Marcos Novak. This is followed by the presentation of several projects, both those of other architects and the projects forming part of this design thesis. The latter section is concerned with the definition of cinematic space and its function, and the work of David Lynch. It considers connections between Lynch and liquid concepts, and presents relevant themes and tools that feature prominently in his films. The final part of the thesis is dedicated to a discussion of the Liquid House design project, exploring the influences on the design process of the various strands considered in this thesis, and in particular of the work of Deleuze and of Lynch, ultimately affirming that the project is liquid in its design approach. The text concludes that while liquid architecture is mostly concerned with matters relating to design, liquid concepts are about ways of thinking, and further, the current expressions of liquid architecture are not the full extent of the developments in architecture, which may be expected to become even more liquid.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Liquid Concepts: Liquid Architecture, the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and the Films of David Lynch
Language: English
Additional information: Permission for digitisation not received.
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School > Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1411343
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