The Poetics of Space
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"The difficulty that had to be overcome (…) was to avoid all geometrical evidence. In other words, I had to start with a sort of intimacy of roundness."
"Sometimes the house of the future is better built, lighter and larger than all the houses of the past, so that the image of the dream house is opposed to that of the childhood home…. Maybe it is a good thing for us to keep a few dreams of a house that we shall live in later, always later, so much later, in fact, that we shall not have time to achieve it. For a house that was final, one that stood in symmetrical relation to the house we were born in, would lead to thoughts—serious, sad thoughts—and not to dreams. It is better to live in a state of impermanence than in one of finality."
The Poetics of Space (Fr: La Poétique de l'espace) is a philosophy book by Gaston Bachelard first published in French in 1958. Bachelard applies the method of phenomenology to architecture basing his analysis not on purported origins (as was the trend in enlightenment thinking about architecture) but on lived experience of architecture. He is thus led to consider spatial types such as the attic, the cellar, drawers and the like. This book implicitly urges architects to base their work on the experiences it will engender rather than on abstract rationales that may or may not affect viewers and users of architecture.
- The House. From Cellar to Garret. The significance of the Hut
- House and Universe
- Drawers, Chests and Wardrobes
- Intimate Immensity
- The Dialectics of Outside and Inside
- The Phenomenology of Roundness