Architecture

e-flux Architecture is a sister publishing platform of e-flux, archive, and editorial project founded in 2016. The news, events, exhibitions, programs, journals, books, and architecture projects produced and/or disseminated by e-flux Architecture describe strains of critical discourse surrounding contemporary architecture, culture, and theory internationally.

Since its inception, e-flux Architecture has maintained a dynamic international program of projects and events in collaboration with leading institutions and practitioners. Editorial content commissioned and published by e-flux Architecture consistently showcases rigorous, critical, sincere, and engaged work being produced today in and around the fields of architecture, urbanism, and design.

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Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Vitra Design Museum
Royal Institute of British Architects
Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) | ETH Zürich
University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design
Canadian Centre for Architecture
Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) | ETH Zürich / e-flux Architecture
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
e-flux Architecture
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Furniture, rooms, buildings, cities, and networks are produced by medical emergencies that encrust themselves one on top of another over the centuries. We tend to forget very quickly what produce these layers. We act as if each pandemic is the first, as if trying to bury the pain and uncertainty of the past.

A collaboration with Beatriz Colomina and the Princeton University Ph.D. Program in the History and Theory of Architecture

Since the advent of social media, and particularly since lockdown, people around the world have opened their personal kitchens to the unknown viewer. As an intimate, geosocial, critical space, kitchens are places for stories to be told; for new kinships to be made, and new alliances to be forged.

A collaboration with the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial

Architecture, with its deep implications in property and capital derived from settler colonial processes, condenses the tensions, contradictions, disavowals, and betrayals of settler colonialism. And yet, discourse on settler colonialism has been largely absent from the architectural discipline.

A collaboration with the Settler Colonial City Project

Classical techniques of confinement have dramatically expanded, their domains of oppression building upon historical forms of institutional violence. From the virus to the room, the screen, and the municipality, todays social separations create new modes of behavior.

A collaboration with gta exhibitions

From the toppling and removal of statues to ongoing debates on contested objects, buildings, and landscapes, monuments have—once again—come to play a pivotal role in mobilizing and rearticulating struggles for recognition. Inherent to the design and construction of monuments are wider processes and structures of memorialization that reify social configurations.

A collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut

The understanding of hardware as a mere offering of computational power, waiting to be used by software, is false. As networked devices become smaller, more personal, more intimate, more quotidian, more indistinguishable from daily life and the self alike, it is use value, not abstract potential, that drives the future of technological progress.

A collaboration with "Eyes of the City" at the 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen)​

Housing is not just a right. Housing is right. Rights are never singular, or solitary; especially when the right is treated as property. Property is always a bundle of rights. Property gives its owner access to certain rights. Housing, then, is the bundle you hold.

A collaboration with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Chair for Theory of Architecture

Human impact on the Earth is usually narrated as a story of terrestrial and atmospheric modification, with a focus on stratigraphic markers. Yet what is ultimately at stake in the Anthropocene is the health of our aqueous planet. Terrestrial bias will only continue at increasingly high cost to our civilizations.

A collaboration with TBA21–Academy and Ocean Archive

As twentieth-century dreams of globalization continue shattering into the third decade of the new millennium, what we find in their wake are borders. Regardless of its scale, the border takes the self as its subject, defining it in relation to an other. Today, these borders are both physical and digital, geographical and political, all around and deep within us.

A collaboration with A/D/O

From frontal teaching to rows of tables and chairs, roundtables, open-air schools, and the technology-driven dissolution of the schoolhouse, the architectures of education make ideologies tangible. Education has always been a factory of subjecthood. As such, it is a lens to reflect on what it is produced by, and speculate about what is produced.

A collaboration with Nottingham Contemporary and Kingston University

Infrastructures are spatio-temporal constructs. They not only alter the logics of relation to resources, cultures, and geographies, but also to the past, present, and future. On the one hand, infrastructures guarantee the possibility of something—water coming from the tap, a train running on time—but on the other, their effects are inherently uncertain.

A collaboration with Aformal Academy

The past fifty years has seen a dramatic shift in the modes of architectural production. While the material demands placed on practice have remained relatively constant, the means by which those expectations are fulfilled, and the conditions they play out within, have transformed. What ends might architecture be able to work toward today?

A collaboration with BIO 26| Common Knowledge, the 26th Biennial of Design Ljubljana, Slovenia

Collecting, as a process, is constitutive of collectivity. In an era marked by the exploitation and extraction of groups, gatherings, and communities, how might collecting and collectivity turn against speculative apparatuses of production, and move toward the collectives we need?

A collaboration with the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2019 Thematic Exhibition

The Global South is not a region. It is an archipelago that has survived empire, colonialism, and capitalist extraction. Each island embodies a struggle to sustain alternative ways of being in the world—a rebellion against extinction that has been going on for centuries.

A collaboration with the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, Africa Is a Country, Ajam Media Collective, ArtReview, Jadaliyya, and Mada Masr

Today’s philosophical assessments of the role of technology are torn between extremes. The same is true of the worlds of art and architecture, inhabited as they are by techno-optimism as well as extreme scepticism. At a moment when we can no longer imagine a world without technology, it is vital to ask how we—the human inhabitants of this planet—imagine the world and its technologies?

A collaboration with Moderna Museet

All things digital are simultaneously local and global, large and small, inside and outside of any given boundary. The digital world is not crisp, but rather porous and diffuse. It brings together previously separate worlds, like those of discovery, invention, and expression. It has even become the DNA of each. The natural world and the artificial world are becoming the same. Change will happen very rapidly.

A collaboration with the Norman Foster Foundation

Syllabi are theory's infrastructure. While they are not the same as the essays, lectures, books, case studies, films, and other media contained within them, they can and should be seen as theoretical contributions in their own right, and subjected to the same degree of critical reflection, scrutiny, and innovation.

A collaboration with Joseph Bedford

The maxim that “water is life” has never had more serious implications. Three in ten people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water, and six in ten lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. If there is a right to water, who holds the rights to the pipes?

A collaboration with the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University

The modernist urgency of integration has evolved from sun, air, transportation, and advanced construction techniques to search histories, precarious labor contracts, machine learning, and burnout remedies. Today the digital is ambient, environmental. It is a dull hum that emanates from every corner of our increasingly constructed world, constituting the material, conceptual, and experiential context of any architectural project.

A collaboration with Ellie Abrons, McLain Clutter, and Adam Fure

Architects and urban practitioners, toiling daily at the coalface of economic expansion, are complicit in the perpetuation of growth. Yet they are also in a unique position to contribute towards a move away from it. As the drivers of growth begin to reveal their inadequacies for sustaining life, we must imagine alternative societal structures that do not incentivize unsustainable resource and energy use, and do not perpetuate inequality.

A collaboration with the Oslo Architecture Triennale

The infrastructural breakdown that flammable cladding, rusting steel, and deteriorating concrete all point to—collapsed bridges, charred towers, and crumbling roads—is not only evidence of material degradation, but systemic abandon whose effects ripple far beyond any one site. Structural instability is not just a determinant feature of the built environment, but of contemporary life at large.

A collaboration with PennDesign

Citizenship has never been constituted as a singular, monumental edifice, reducible to any one institution of power or construction of identity. As a cluster of rights, responsibilities, and attachments, the lived experience of citizenship speaks to the plural, complex, and intimate relations we have with the actual and virtual spaces we inhabit.

A collaboration with the United States Pavilion of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia​

The Urban Village is hybrid. It is somewhere, something that once was, and still is, but is also, whether for want or not, becoming more. Like a chimera, it is unstable, vulnerable, and volatile, yet portends a new model for life, if only it is to survive. The Urban Village eludes capture by deductive reasoning, for no category of type can describe the molecular alchemy that thrives within.

A collaboration with the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB)

If there is no theoretical framework, no grand narrative, no normative system of values that offers architects orientation today as there might have been fifty years ago, there is an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the past, map out new horizons, and work towards more inclusive, global futures.

A collaboration with the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zürich

Architecture has representational power—agency in determining who or what gets represented, and how, within its realms of visibility and effect. But 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?

A collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut and The Berlage

The public is vexed, but cannot be ignored. The commons should be believed in, just not depended on. What lies in between the history of public space and the notion of the commons is a frontier in the struggle for political equity and social equality.

A collaboration with the New Museum's IdeasCity initiative

A rhetorical space for claims to be made, risks to be taken, and experiments to be rigorously conducted. A platform for the most challenging, provocative, and critical texts being written in the field of architecture today.

An initiative by e-flux Architecture

The temples of commodity that Benjamin identified in the Parisian arcades have long-since moved out of the city and onto the internet, leaving something like a void in the capital of cities that has been quick to be filled in and fought over by start-up ventures. Solutions are the commodity of today, and we know the ones we have to be insufficient in addressing the challenges we face. What is needed is a different way of seeing; a different language for questioning.


A collaboration with MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

Automated technologies have been deployed throughout the social and economic sphere since the dawn of modernity, obscuring a common emancipatory horizon by means of a double bind: by giving and taking, liberating and ensnaring, alleviating and obliging. Technological development has an inherently uncertain future, which places focus on the agents and mechanisms of its progress. Opportunity is not destiny, and history, as we know, can go any which way.


A collaboration with MAK Wien

The climate is not the weather. Weather can be experienced, but to understand climate, media is necessary. As the computational capacity to manage meteorological data emerged in the middle of the twentieth century, so did the means of visualizing and disseminating these new forms of complex information.

A collaboration with Daniel A. Barber

Refugee camps are established with the intention of being demolished. As a paradigmatic representation of political failure, they are meant to have no history and no future; they are meant to be forgotten. The only history that is recognized within refugee communities is one of violence and humiliation. Yet the camp is also a place rich with stories narrated through its urban fabric.


A collaboration with DAAR

The field of design has radically expanded. As a practice, design is no longer limited to the world of material objects, but rather extends from carefully crafted individual looks and online identities, to the surrounding galaxies of personal devices, new materials, interfaces, networks, systems, infrastructures, data, chemicals, organisms, and genetic codes.

A collaboration with the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial

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