1st Edition

Architecture and Collective Life

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ISBN 9780367633905
October 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
376 Pages 104 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book addresses the complex relationship between architecture and public life. It’s a study of architecture and urbanism as cultural activity that both reflects and gives shape to our social relations, public institutions and political processes.

Written by an international range of contributors the chapters address the intersection of public life and the built environment around the themes of authority and planning, the welfare state, place and identity and autonomy. The book covers a diverse range of material from Foucault’s evolving thoughts on space to land-scraping leisure centres in Post-War Belgium. It unpacks concepts such as ‘community’ and ‘collectivity’ alongside themes of self-organisation and authorship.

Architecture and Collective Life reflects on urban and architectural practice and historical, political and social change. As such this book will be of great interest to students and academics in architecture and urbanism as well as practicing architects.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Contributors


Part 1

Chapter 1 Introduction

Penny Lewis

Chapter 2 Greenwich Village and the Global Village

Joan Ockman

Chapter 3 Place-making

Reinier de Graaf

Chapter 4 Neo-Feudalism

Jodi Dean

Chapter 5 Alternative models of tenure

Martino Tattara

Part 2 New geography and the planners

Chapter 6 Silicon Valley

Claudia Dutson

Chapter 7 Gentrification

Tahl Kaminer at el

Chapter 8 The Dubious High Street

Alexander Catina

Chapter 9 Zero-Institution Culture

Louis D’Arcy Reed

Part 3 Authority

Chapter 10 Aldo Rossi, Authorship

Will Orr

Chapter 11 Foucault’s Spatial Phenomenology

Joseph Bedford

Chapter 12 A form of questionable fidelity

Doreen Bernath

Part 4 The Welfare State

Chapter 13 Victor Bourgeois’ open-air projects

Marie Pirard

Chapter 14 Vienna’s Höffe: Housing Builds the Collective

Alex Porrotto

Chapter 15 Learning from Loutraki

Lydia Xynogala

Chapter 16 The Welfare State as Common BiG

Meike Schalk et al

Part 5 Autonomy and organisation

Chapter 17 Individual Autonomy and Urban Depth

Ben Colburn and Jane Clossick

Chapter 18 South Calcutta and East Bengali Housing

Dorian Wiszniewski

Chapter 19 Faith in the City

Janina Gosseye

Chapter 20 Visions of Ectopia

Meredith Gaglio

Part 6 Practice and life

Chapter 21 Intraventions and the new collectivity

Altes and Lieberman

Chapter 22 Ethics of Open Types

Davide Landi

Chapter 23 The Ecological Imagination Post-war

Penny Lewis

Chapter 24 Embedded authorship

Teressa Stoppani

Chapter 25 Conclusion

Penny Lewis and Vicky Richardson

The Wally Close

Robert Wightman

Tenement: The Collective Close

John Joseph Burns



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Penny Lewis is Programme Lead for the University of Dundee and Wuhan University Architectural Studies Programme, a job which involves teaching in China. From 1999-2007 she was editor of Prospect, the Scottish architecture magazine and a regular contributor to national papers and architectural journals. Her PhD on The impact of ecological thought on architectural theory from 1968 remains an ongoing research interest alongside work on the city.

Lorens Holm is Reader in Architecture and Director of the Geddes Institute for Urban Research at the University of Dundee, where he runs the design research unit rooms+cities. His written work focuses on reconciling Lacanian thought on subjectivity with contemporary architectural/urban practice. Publications include Brunelleschi Lacan Le Corbusier (2010) and, with John Hendrix, Architecture and the Unconscious (2016). His papers have appeared in Architecture and Culture, ARQ, Journal of Architecture, Perspecta, Critical Quarterly, Architecture Theory Review, and Assemblage.

Sandra Costa Santos is an architect and academic with research in the fields of architectural theory and architectural design with a particular interest in housing and the home. She is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Architecture and Urban Planning, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee.