The Politics of Architecture
Architecture is no longer a discipline merely serving the interests of economic forces nor a guardian of formal or stylistic purity. In recent years, a series of practices have emerged questioning the agency of architecture and its capacity to trigger changes in society not only in the formal dimension, but rather dealing with the social, political and economical inequalities originated by capitalism. The goal of this seminar is to provide the students an action-oriented overview of the possible ways of political commitment in architecture and generate analytical feedback in a dynamic format.
04/10 Introduction to the seminar. Take position and get action.
11/10 Coordinates for New Politics
18/10 The Public Space is an invention of the middle class
25/10 Technophobia and Technophilia. The dilemma of The smart cities.
08/11 Municipalism and the democratic autonomy of municipalities
15/11 ‘Knowing your neighbour’ is a radical act for the times to come.
22/11 Just another brick in the wall? The politics of housing
29/11 Delivery of Final assignment