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Alexander Frehse

Shoreditch, London, United Kingdom
Born and raised in South Africa, Alexander pursued his Bachelor’s in Cape Town. His studies tackled extreme inequality of Cape Town’s urban realm. With a hunger to see and understand more of the world he went to Santiago de Chile working at ELEMENTAL (Alejandro Aravena). He went back home to do his one-year Honours post-grad. He is currently at the London School of Architecture.

He, She, They & Sex


Architecture must answer to advances in gender identity and pleasure in our digital era

He, She, They & Sex


Architecture must answer to advances in gender identity and pleasure in our digital era
Architecture inspired by gender fluidity and that returns pleasure from the digital to the physical
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The future of architecture has two inter-linked opportunities:
1) Design that is free of false social constructs, such as the binary nature of male/female and gay/straight
2) Digital age has transformed our most intimate form of interaction (sex) in both negative and positive ways

Tinder (dating app) announced last month that it had released 37 new gender identities. One for example is “Gender Questioning”, which they define as “People who may be unsure, still exploring, and concerned about applying a social label to them”. It is not that these gender identities didn’t exist within the society before, our built environment forced people into choosing one or the other.
Pleasure has regressed into the digital. Desire & arousal take place almost entirely online in many cases. In time people will seek out where this has been returned to the spatial, where the experience is more sensuous than before and incorporates future-minded nature of what pleasure in the 21st century is.


He, She, They & Sex


Architecture must answer to advances in gender identity and pleasure in our digital era

He, She, They & Sex


Architecture must answer to advances in gender identity and pleasure in our digital era
Architecture inspired by gender fluidity and that returns pleasure from the digital to the physical
File under

The future of architecture has two inter-linked opportunities:
1) Design that is free of false social constructs, such as the binary nature of male/female and gay/straight
2) Digital age has transformed our most intimate form of interaction (sex) in both negative and positive ways

Tinder (dating app) announced last month that it had released 37 new gender identities. One for example is “Gender Questioning”, which they define as “People who may be unsure, still exploring, and concerned about applying a social label to them”. It is not that these gender identities didn’t exist within the society before, our built environment forced people into choosing one or the other.
Pleasure has regressed into the digital. Desire & arousal take place almost entirely online in many cases. In time people will seek out where this has been returned to the spatial, where the experience is more sensuous than before and incorporates future-minded nature of what pleasure in the 21st century is.



Idea by

Alexander Frehse
Shoreditch
London
United Kingdom
Born and raised in South Africa, Alexander pursued his Bachelor’s in Cape Town. His studies tackled extreme inequality of Cape Town’s urban realm. With a hunger to see and understand more of the world he went to Santiago de Chile working at ELEMENTAL (Alejandro Aravena). He went back home to do his one-year Honours post-grad. He is currently at the London School of Architecture.