Journal of Romance Studies

About being-two in an architectural perspective: interview with Luce Irigaray

Journal of Romance Studies (2004), 4, (2), 91–107.

Abstract

In this interview Luce Irigaray responds to some of the issues arising from architectural theory in relation to questions of gender and difference. As regards recent research and policy drawn up by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), which aims to promote diversity within the profession, Irigaray suggests that the radical question of sexual, or rather sexuate, difference ought to be considered by architects. She develops her lecture given at the International Architectural Association of London ‘How can we live together in a lasting way?’ (Irigaray 2004), explaining that, if dwelling and being are the same – as Heidegger wrote – coexisting in difference requires a new way of dwelling. Starting from important research on the discourse of boys and girls, men and women, she shows how their relational identities are different, and thus their way of being. Taking this into account, architects should arrange the possibility of an appropriate dwelling for both men and women, particularly sharing the same home. That would render possible their coexistence in a lasting way, and also work for the founding of a humanity more respectful of all the differences.

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