Polyphilo, or, The Dark Forest Revisited : an Erotic Epiphany of Architecture  

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"Polyphilo visits some of these works and evokes their ephemeral truths to the man in transit. The works of Jean-Jacques Lequeu and Marcel Duchamp are prominent among them. Indeed, a link between Lequeu and Duchamp has been traced by Philippe Duboÿ in his speculative critical commentary on Lequeu's manuscripts." --Built upon Love: Architectural Longing after Ethics and Aesthetics (2008) by Alberto Pérez-Gómez

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Polyphilo, or, The Dark Forest Revisited : an Erotic Epiphany of Architecture (1992) is a book by Alberto Pérez-Gómez.

From the publisher:

Departing from the conventional genres of architectural writing, this book is a completely original reflection on the erotics of architecture. Pérez-Gómez retells the love story of the famous Renaissance novel/treatise Hypnerotomachia Poliphili in late twentieth-century terms. The original work, long a cult book among architects, takes place in a forest. In the retelling, the forest has been replaced by the high- tech environment of appliances and airports. Both versions exist somewhere in the borderland between fiction, theory, and pornography.

About the Author

Alberto Pérez-Gómez is Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of the History of Architecture at McGill University. He is the author of Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science (MIT Press, 1983) and (with Louise Pelletier) Architecural Representation and the Perspective Hinge (MIT Press, 1997).

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