Space lost, space found: A psychodynamic perspective on spaces, places, architecture and furniture inside and around us

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Abstract

This paper presents some considerations and perspectives on the issue of how to deal with rooms, spaces, places and bodies informed by psychodynamic theory and practice. The armchair and the famous couch in the classic psychoanalytic arrangement, and the serious occupation with chairs in group relations and group analysis (circles and spirals, all the chairs of the same kind, no special chair for the group convenor) indicate that space and furniture are important. The reluctance to experiment with space and settings may signify that important areas may need to be investigated. The paper presents a number of basic concepts that we apply and further develop to capture the impact of space and design on social and organisational dynamics in the networksociety and the interplay between conscious and unconscious motives in space and design: Container, Projective space, Presenting oneself, Staging and being staged, Destruction and creativity: the making of culture and history and The house, the senses andthe organization of memory.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOrganisational and Social Dynamics
Volume20
Issue number1
ISSN1474-2780
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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