Wednesday, February 1, 2012

on phallocracy and wookies

The arrogant verticality of skyscrapers, and especially of public and state buildings, introduces a phallic or more precisely a phallocratic element into the visual realm; the purpose of this display, of this need to impress, is to convey an impression of authority to each spectator.  Verticality and great height have ever been the spatial expression of potentially violent power.

Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space, Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2009, p 98

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