1st Edition

Architecture and Collective Life

Edited By Penny Lewis, Lorens Holm, Sandra Costa Santos Copyright 2022
    346 Pages 104 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    346 Pages 104 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 inter-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.

    Part I: Contradictions in a common world

    1. Introduction

    Penny Lewis

    2. A tale of two villages: Jane Jacobs, Marshall McLuhan and their visions of collective life

    Joan Ockman

    3. Interview with Reinier de Graaf

    4. Neofeudalism: The end of capitalism?

    Jodi Dean

    5. Alternative models of tenure: Recovering the radical proposal of collective housing

    Martino Tattara

    Part II: New geography and the planners

    6. A proprietary polis: Silicon Valley architecture and collective life

    Claudia Dutson

    7. Hyper-gentrification and the urbanisation of suburbia

    Ross Exo Adams, Tahl Kaminer, Maroš Krivý, Leonard Ma, Karin Matz, Timothy Moore, Helen Runting and Rutger Sjögrim

    8. The dubious high street: Distinctiveness, gentrification and social value

    Aleks Catina

    9. Zero-institution culture

    Louis D’Arcy-Reed

    Part III: Authority

    10. Authorship and political will in Aldo Rossi’s theory of architecture

    Will Orr

    11. The heterotopias of Tafuri and Teyssot: Between language and discipline

    Joseph Bedford

    12. Interruptions: A form of questionable fidelity

    Doreen Bernath

    Part IV: The welfare state

    13. Constructed landscapes for collective recreation: Victor Bourgeois’s open-air projects in Belgium

    Marie Pirard

    14. Vienna’s Hofe: How housing builds the collective

    Alessandro Porotto

    15. Learning from Loutraki: Thermalism, hydrochemistry and the architectures of collective wellness

    Lydia Xynogala

    16. BiG: Living and working together

    Meike Schalk, Sara Brolund de Carvalho and Helena Mattsson

    Part V: Autonomy and organisation

    17. Design precepts for autonomy: A case study of Kelvin Hall, Glasgow

    Jane Clossick and Ben Colburn

    18. Calcutta, India: Dover Lane – a cosmo-ecological collective life of Indian modernity

    Dorian Wiszniewski

    19. The city of ragpickers: Shaping a faithful collective life during les trente glorieuses

    Janina Gosseye

    20. Visions of Ecotopia

    Meredith Gaglio

    Part VI: Practice and life

    21. Intraventions in flux: Towards a modal spatial practice that moves and cares

    Alberto Altés Arlandis and Oren Lieberman

    22. Ethics of open types

    Davide Landi

    23. The Age of Ecology in the UK

    Penny Lewis

    24. Opinions – or, from dialogue to conversation

    Teresa Stoppani

    25. Epilogue

    Penny Lewis and Vicky Richardson

    The Wally Close

    Robert Wightman

    Tenement: The collective close

    John Joseph Burns


    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 to 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.