chapter  13
18 Pages

Architectural Project and the Agency of Representation: The Case of Nowa Huta, Poland

ByŁukasz Stanek

Henri Lefebvre’s theorizing of space addresses the conjunctures between material environments, their representations, and their ways of use and experience: the three ‘moments’ of space discussed in The Production of Space as spatial practices, representations of space and spaces of representation (Lefebvre 1991, Stanek 2011).1 Rather than positing an ontology of space that would explain the relationship between its moments; or normalizing this relationship within an ethics or aesthetics of space, Lefebvre described the moments of space as related to each other from within a social practice, governed by an open-ended ‘spatial dialectics’. In other words, the production of space always-already implies aggregating its moments, and in this chapter I argue that an architectural project is to be dened by the labour of such aggregation (Stanek 2012).