Learning has long been at the core of philosophical inquiry. The birth of the nation state brought the attention of politicians, scientists, architects, historians, educators, designers, and administrators alike to questions of education. As past centuries have shown, when pedagogical ideals change, so too do their forms. 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.

Schools are inherently ideological institutions. They are responsible for shaping one’s conception, understanding, and practice of what Louis Althusser called the “social whole.” And like other ideological apparatuses, the classroom, the book, and the school are intermediaries in a chain of social reproduction. 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.

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Joaquim Moreno
Remote education was originally invented to overcome distance, to make learning accessible to those who could not converge in centralized...
Ralf and Robert arrive to collect me from my hotel on a snowy Vienna morning to drive to the wartime labor camp at Mauthausen. I've been invited...
Lesley Lokko
I began writing this essay weeks before I left South Africa in November 2019 for good; picked it up again a week after my arrival in New York...
Ramon Amaro
It is for the sake of the present and of the future that they are willing to die. —Frantz Fanon 1 But if we rediscover time beneath the...
Aoife Donnelly and Kristin Trommler
The beginning of the twentieth century in England saw an increase in social welfare and educational reforms, the birth of the Garden City...
Mark Jarzombek
The other day, Matt Mullenweg (chief executive of Automatic, which owns the WorldPress blogging platform) stated: “This is not how I imagined...
Elain Harwood
In the United Kingdom, the Education Act of 1944 introduced secondary schooling for all children in government funded education, with a system of...
The April 1968 issue of the American magazine Progressive Architecture and the May 1968 issue of the UK Architectural Design journal both...
Sol Perez-Martinez
The late 1960s saw the birth of two radical ideas in the fields of education and environment. In education, the deschooling movement began with a...
Santhosh S.
Representation fails to capture the affirmed world of difference. Representation has only a single center, a unique and receding perspective,...
Nick Axel, Bill Balaskas, Nikolaus Hirsch, Sofia Lemos, and Carolina Rito
Architectures of Education is a collaboration between Nottingham Contemporary, Kingston University, and e-flux Architecture, and a...
Category
Architecture, Education
Subject
Knowledge Production, Academia, Networks

Architectures of Education is a collaboration between Nottingham Contemporary, Kingston University, and e-flux Architecture, and a cross-publication with The Contemporary Journal.

Contributors
  • Nick Axel, Bill Balaskas, Nikolaus Hirsch, Sofia Lemos, and Carolina Rito Editorial
  • Santhosh S. Politics as Pedagogy
  • Sol Perez-Martinez Deschooling Architecture
  • Tom Holert Educationalize and Fail
  • Elain Harwood System Building
  • Mark Jarzombek Distributed Learning
  • Aoife Donnelly and Kristin Trommler The Democratic Design of David & Mary Medd
  • Ramon Amaro Threshold Value
  • Lesley Lokko The Age of Wildfire
  • Irit Rogoff Walking to School Through a Camp: A Short Tale of Infrastructure
  • Gudskul Praktik Spasial
  • Joaquim Moreno Being Open
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