Following Hélène Cixous’s Steps Towards a Writing Architecture

In her book, Coming to Writing, Hélène Cixous suggests that the woman writer must always struggle to establish her right to write. Within the field of architecture the act of writing is often assumed to be a passive after-effect of the built form and not an active force that might substantially participate in the process of design and its material outcome in a world. Using Cixous as a guide, I will argue that a creative and critical practice of writing can materially contribute to the thinking and doing of architecture, especially with regard to the woman architect.

“Following Hélène Cixous’s Steps Towards a Writing Architecture” in Naomi Stead and Lee Stickells guest editors, ATR (Architecture Theory Review), 15:3 (2010). Peer Reviewed Journal Article.

Originally presented as two papers:

“Following Hélène Cixous’s Ladder of Writing: Perth Prague Return,” Expanded Spatial Practice, convened by Dr Linda Marie Walker and John Barbour, Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia (10–12 September, 2009).

“Writing her way into the Architectural Edifice only to Find that…” in Writing Architecture: A symposium on architectural criticism and the written representation of architecture, convened by Dr Naomi Stead, The ATCH (Architecture Theory Criticism History) research group in the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland, in association with the Institute for Modern Art and Heat (15–16 August, 2009).