Architecture and Representation

Architecture has representational power—agency in determining who or what gets represented, and how, within its realms of visibility and effect. But what is more central to political struggle than the question of representation as such? And given that plans, models, sections, diagrams, and the like are instrumental to governmental institutions and the distribution of rights, is representation as a political category not architectural in nature? Can architecture’s intimate relationship with specific representational formats contribute to their political reinvention and redeployment? And at the same time, what tools, mechanisms, concepts, and devices have been traditionally overlooked in architectural discourse yet act as the discipline’s very own means of political representation, and are thus vital to consider with equal weight?

Architecture and Representation is complemented by a lecture series at Het Nieuwe Instituut and The Berlage. For the schedule of events, click here.

Editors
Nick Axel
Hugo Corbett
Salomon Frausto
Nikolaus Hirsch
Marina Otero Verzier
Tamar Shafrir
Anton Vidokle

Architecture and Representation is a project by Het Nieuwe Instituut, The Berlage, and e-flux Architecture.

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Contributors
Jess Bier

Jess Bier is Assistant Professor of Urban Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins is Director of History and Theory at the Architectural Association in London.

Peggy Deamer

Peggy Deamer is professor of architecture at Yale University. She is a principal in the firm of Deamer, Architects and the founding member of The Architecture Lobby, a group advocating for the value of architectural design and labor. ​

Sam Jacob

Sam Jacob is principal of Sam Jacob Studio for architecture and design. Previously, he was a founding director of FAT Architecture. Jacob is Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture, and Director of Night School at the Architectural Association

Mpho Matsipa

Mpho Matsipa is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP, Curator at Studio-X Johannesburg, and researcher at the Wits City Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Joan Ockman

Joan Ockman is Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and Visiting Professor at Cooper Union and Cornell University School of Architecture.

Hillary Sample

Hilary Sample is an architect and principal of MOS Architects and an Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP.

Samuel Stewart-Halevy

Samuel Stewart-Halevy is a doctoral candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture at Columbia University.

Pier Vittorio Aureli

Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect and educator. He is the cofoudner of Dogma and teaches at the Architectural Association.

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