Freedom and the Cage: Modern Architecture and Psychiatry in by Leslie Topp

By Leslie Topp

Spurred via beliefs of person liberty that took carry within the Western global within the overdue 19th century, psychiatrists and public officers sought to reinvent asylums as large-scale, absolutely designed associations that provided a degree of freedom and normality most unlikely within the outdoor global. This quantity explores the “caged freedom” that this new psychiatric ethos represented by way of interpreting seven such constructions confirmed within the Austro-Hungarian monarchy among the past due Eighteen Nineties and global warfare I.

In the final twenty years of the Habsburg Empire, architects of asylums started to abandon conventional corridor-based plans in want of looser formations of hooked up villas, echoing via layout the city- and freedom-oriented impulse of the innovative structure of the time. Leslie Topp considers the paradoxical place of designs that promoted an phantasm of freedom while they exercised cautious social and spatial keep an eye on over sufferers. as well as discussing the actual and social elements of those associations, Topp exhibits how the commissioned constructions have been symptomatic of bigger cultural adjustments and of the trendy asylum’s straining opposed to its ideological anchorage in a premodern earlier of “unenlightened” restraint on human liberty.

Working on the intersection of the heritage of structure and the background of psychiatry, Freedom and the Cage broadens our knowing of the complexity and fluidity of contemporary architecture’s engagement with the kingdom, with social and clinical tasks, and with psychological wellbeing and fitness, psychiatry, and psychology.

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