Examining discomfortâs physical, emotional, conceptual, psychological and aesthetic dimensions, the contributors to this volume offer an alternate, cultural approach to the study of architecture and the built environment. By attending to a series of disparate instances in which architecture and discomfort intersect, On Discomfort offers a fresh reading of the negotiations that define architectureâs position in modern culture. The essays do not chart comfortâs triumph so much as discomfortâs curious dispersal into practices that form âmodern lifeâ â and what that dispersion reveals of both architecture and culture.
The essays presented in this volume illuminate the material culture of discomfort as it accrues to architecture and its history. This episodic analysis speaks to a range of disciplinary fields and interdisciplinary subjects, extending our understanding of the domestication of interiors (and objects, cities and ideas); and the conditions under which â by intention or accident â they discomfort.