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Author

Macarthur, John

Title

‘Technique and the Clash of Language: Some Thoughts on Tafuri's The Sphere and the Labyrinth'

Date

1990

Source

Transition: Discourse on Architecture, 32, pp. 6-21.

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individualisticaccount of Poucaulfs thought on langaageand power whichlafuriclaimsareinterconnected toad-= it

individualisticaccountof Poucaulfs thought on langaageand power whichlafuriclaimsareinterconnected toad-= it understood by Foucault. The title translates&$ Textual Reading and Discuisive Practice".

7 ManfredoTafuri,TheSphereand theLalurinlh.M.I.T.Press,Cambridge,1987.p.5. 8 iu., p. 13. 9 #bid p. 14. 10
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SeeJeffMinson's ¥Strategiefor Socialists?, Economy andSociety,vol.9no.1, pp. 1-43
11 ManfredoTafuri,TheSphereandtheLaby'mth, op.<it,,p. 15, 12
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ManfredoTafuri,TheSphereandtheLaby'mth, op.<it,,p. 15,
12
MaryMcLeod,'ArchitectureandPoliticsintheRega"Era:PromPost-ModernismtoDeconstnictlvlsm',Assemblage
nos,pp.23-59,
13
ManfredoTafuri, 'Letturadel Testo', p.44.
13 ManfredoTafuri, 'Letturadel Testo', p.44. ManfredoTafuri, 'L^tturadel Testd, p, 2, quoting

ManfredoTafuri, 'L^tturadel Testd,p, 2, quoting Foucault, Theorder of Discourse',p.23 Untying theText,d. %Young, Routhedge, Kegan, Paul., 1981

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17 Manfred0Taka 'ha del Testd.p. 40.
17 Manfred0Taka 'ha del Testd.p. 40.
Paul., 1981 6 17 Manfred0Taka 'ha del Testd.p. 40. 18

18 HeterotopiaisaminortheoreticalinventionolFoucaulfs.Like~topia,heterotopiaholdsageneralrelaticn~oall~~her places. utopias might be models or critiques premised on the" fictionalnature,but heterotopias, such a monasteries and brothels exist in the real spa* of the world contesting itsorder. Foucault mentions hetcrotopia in The Order of Thi#p,

Tavistock, 1970, pp. xv-xviii, and in 'Of Other Spaces', Dmcrtics, vol.16, no.1, 1986, pp. 22-27.
Tavistock, 1970, pp. xv-xviii, and in 'Of Other Spaces', Dmcrtics, vol.16, no.1, 1986, pp. 22-27. There are substantial
differences between the two uses. Tafuri's interest in heternto*
is most apparent in 'Cd-i "'St pas une ville', Lotus
inSomcesofModernEclecticism, London, 1982.
inSomcesofModernEclecticism, London, 1982.

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19 bookofthat name,Art Quantum, 1983,and hisreading of Velasquez' LasMeninas, from The Order of'Things,of
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bookofthat name,Art Quantum, 1983,and hisreading of
Velasquez' LasMeninas, from The Order of'Things,of <it.
20 The Sphereand the Labyinlh. M.1.T Press, Cambridge,
1997. p. 13.

Tafuriin 'LetturedelTeslo',usesasexamplesofFoucaulfsreadinghisanalysisofMagritte'sThisisnotaPipe,intbe

AA. Files m-8,pp. 21-38. Ham Sedlniayr. Art <??Crisis:Thetost Centre, Henry %cry Co, Chicago, 19%.
AA. Files m-8,pp. 21-38. Ham Sedlniayr. Art <??Crisis:Thetost Centre, Henry %cry
Co, Chicago, 19%.

Althoughamoreexplicitand&tremeargumentlsthatof DaliborVesclyin'~tectureand~beCrisisofRepresentation'

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26 NotacoidingtoJosephRykwertfromwhose'InheritanceorTradition'ItakethisAlbertianexample.'LeonBattista
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NotacoidingtoJosephRykwertfromwhose'InheritanceorTradition'ItakethisAlbertianexample.'LeonBattista
Albert',A.D. Profiles21, Architectural Design, Vol.49, "0.4-5,1979.
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