Tracking the Emotion in the Stone: An Essay on Psychoanalysis and Architecture
In this paper we address the relationship between psychoanalysis and architecture by focusing on two contemporary architectural structures, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the Jewish Museum, in Berlin, Germany. We ask whether there are “emotions in the stone,” that is, whether buildings, structures, and interior physical spaces affect us emotionally. And we ask whether psychoanalysis can help us answer this question. In particular, we draw upon two of Freud's essays, “Mourning and Melancholia” and “The Uncanny,” to illuminate this inquiry.
Jonte-Pace, Diane, and Peter Homans. "Tracking the Emotion in the Stone: An Essay on Psychoanalysis and Architecture." The Annual of Psychoanalysis (2005):33:261-284