Book Chapter

Stealing into Gilles Deleuze’s Baroque house

Hélène Frichot

University of Edinburgh Press | Published : 2005


This chapter constructs the conceptual persona of ‘pickpocket’ to describe the architect, deliberately setting aside those personae we are more familiar with – architect as demiurge, engineer, and so on. In this guise, we see the architect as someone who in their professional practice borrows creatively from other sources, which prompts the question: Have his pockets been picked? The chapter addresses directly the issue of what architects ‘borrowed’ from Deleuze and shows that these borrowings are anything but inconsiderable. Deleuze's work on the baroque house, with its scheme of folds extrapolated from Leibniz, has been important to Greg Lynn and Peter Eisenman, but this does not tell the ..

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