Minor houses/minor architecture
Author: Crawford, T.
Source: AI & SOCIETY, Volume 25, Number 4, November 2010 , pp. 379-385(7)
Abstract:Deleuze and Guattari develop a notion of “minor literature” in their short book on Kafka, and the opposition major/minor has been used with varying degrees of success by critics working in a range of disciplines including architectural theory. Teasing out the potentially subversive implications of the major/minor opposition requires reading it in relation to other binarisms developed by Deleuze and Guattari in those same years, e.g., state/nomadic science, striated/smooth space, optic/haptic, as well as Guattari’s useful concept “machinic heterogenesis.” Then, one ends up with a minor architecture concerned with partially subversive practices rather than with structure per se. A building’s minor status is figured through its deployment in and production of a space that is a technological, social and political pattern as well as a line of flight. This paper reads minor architecture by examining the minor house built by Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond and those currently being assembled by the Mad Housers in Atlanta, Georgia.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, Email: hugh.Crawford@lcc.gatech.edu
Publication date: November 2010