Architecture and Seduction: Bachelor Pads and Sex Machines

Architecture and Seduction: Bachelor Pads and Sex Machines

 “..seduction represents mastery over the symbolic universe, while power represents only mastery of the real universe.” —Jean Baudrillard

Taking their cue from the portrayal of John Lautner’s houses in Hollywood films, our experienced panel explores architecture’s ability to instigate sensory pleasure. From leisurely pleasure palaces and the bon vivant’s intimate dens of seduction, to the tantalizing, suggestive tease of retail spaces, our panel will discuss the relationship between architecture and eroticism. 

Moderated by Norman Millar, AIA, director, Woodbury University School of Architecture. Panelists include: Paulette Singley, professor, School of Architecture at Woodbury University; Frank Escher, architect and exhibition co-curator; curator Renata Hejduk, assistant professor of Architectural History and Theory, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Arizona State University College of Design; Kazys Varnelis, Columbia University, New York.