chapter  2
Figures of wo/man in contemporary architectural discourse
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The notion of domesticity effortlessly resonates with family life consisting of

mother, father, and children. As argued by contemporary authors, our under-

standing of domesticity as such emerged in seventeenth-century Netherlands

and spread throughout the Western world in the following two centuries.1 The

woman in the mother and the man in the father, let alone the sexuality of chil-

dren, are often silenced in this familiar formulation. These figures are assigned

socially acceptable roles that are supported by the architecture of the house.