Formal Strategies in Architecture Wayne Schaap & Wil Lang. Freud and Topographies of the Mind. Has anyone ever gone to sleep at night struggling with a problem and found themselves wide awake in the middle of the night with the answer?. Sigmund Freud.
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Began career as neurologist—seeking physical explanations to mental conditions.
Identifies unconscious tendencies at work in clinical patients and develops psychoanalytic interpretation as a method of identifying and treating these unconscious tendencies.
The Structure of the Mind
The id: Seeks immediate satisfaction of innate urges. Responds to instinct.
The ego: induces people to act with reason and deliberation and helps conform to the requirements of external world.
Super ego: Motivates people to act in accordance with moral customs.
Technique used instead of hypnosis to identify traumatic experiences and repressed memories.
“The interpretation of dreams is the Royal road to knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind“
Defined by Breton as “Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express -- verbally, by means of the written word, or in any other manner -- the actual functioning of thought. Dictated by the thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, exempt from any aesthetic or moral concern”.
“There is not one surrealism but many, and the significant variances between surrealist practices may function as an underexplored and expansive conceptual territory for architectural thought” (Poetics of Space 3).
(Surrealism in Architecture).
Has anyone ever gone to sleep at night struggling with a problem and found themselves wide awake in the middle of the night with the answer?
To say that one has left certain intellectual habits behind is easy enough, but how is it to be achieved? (Poetics of Space).
How can we arrive at a state of creativity or originality that is free of any restriction placed upon it by reason or logic?