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Bárbara Silva

Auxiliary Professor at Da/UAL | Invited Professor at the Architecture Department FCT -University of Coimbra | Director of the Architecture Gallery NOTE, in Lisbon.


To quote this text: SEQUEIRA, Marta – The Poetics of Space, by Gaston Bachelard Estudo Prévio 17. Lisboa. CEACT/UAL – Centro de Estudos de Arquitetura, Cidade e Território da Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, 2020. ISSN: 2182-4339 [Available at: www.estudoprevio.net]. DOI: https://doi.org/10.26619/2182-4339/17.01

Review received on 15 July 2020 and accepted for publication on 20 July 2020.
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“The Poetics of Space” (La Poétique de l’Espace) is a book published in 1958 by the French philosopher and poet Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), which discusses the importance and impact that the dwelling has on humans1. Bachelard suggests that spaces such as the room, the garret, the attic, or spaces where things inhabit, such as drawers, caskets, and wardrobes, are intimate spaces and occasional shelters, and can produce feelings and memories and an important tool to discover human spirit and soul2. According to the author, these feelings and memories create poetic images which, though not completely real or rational, have their own dynamics; they are lived“with all the partiality of the imagination” (p. xxxvi) An imagination that “is ceaselessly imagining and enriching itself with new images. It is this wealth of imagined being that I should like to explore.” (p. xxxvi). With this statement, included in the introduction, Bachelard declares that his book will be a journey to the wealth of poetic images that may arise in the house’s spaces of intimacy, as this is the prime space for dreams and daydreams…