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 a project by Het Nieuwe Instituut, The Berlage, and e-flux Architecture. It is complemented by a lecture series at Het Nieuwe Instituut and The Berlage, the program of which can be seen here.

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Computer models are essential for understanding any number of processes from the weather to economic collapse, and they are used in a variety of ways….
Inside the mountain, the cave. But right now, we’re sheltered under a modern structure fixed over the mouth of the cave like a kind of architectural…
Samuel Stewart-Halevy
In her classic work on The Concept of Representation, political theorist Hanna Pitkin draws upon the meaning of the Latin verb repraesentare—to show…
Peggy Deamer
It takes a broad definition of “representation” to tuck contracts underneath its purview. But contracts, while not a form of architectural represe…
The simple drag & drop interface makes drawing a floor plan easy. Simply click and drag your cursor to draw your walls. —RoomSketcher Home De…
Nick Axel, Hugo Corbett, Salomon Frausto, Nikolaus Hirsch, Marina Otero Verzier, Tamar Shafrir, and Anton Vidokle
Architecture and Representation is a new lecture and publication series from Het Nieuwe Instituut, The Berlage, and e-flux Architecture, featuring con…
Architecture, Drawing
Representation, Abstraction

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


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