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Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence

1st Edition

Edited by Ines Weizman


224 pages

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Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence maps out and expands upon the methodologies of architectural action and reinvigorates the concept of dissent within the architectural field. It expands the notion of dissidence to other similar practices and strategies of resistance, in a variety of historical and geographical contexts.The book also discusses how the gestures and techniques of past struggles, as well as ‘dilemmas’ of working in politically suppressive regimes, can help to inform those of today.

This collection of essays from expert scholars demonstrates the multiple responses to this subject, the potential and dangers of dissidence, and thus constructs a robust lexicon of concepts that will point to possible ways forward for politically and theoretically committed architects and practitioners.

Table of Contents

Illustration Credits List of Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction: Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence

Ines Weizman Part 1: Dissidence through Architecture 1. The Turning Point in 1978. Architects of the Tallinn School and their Late Socialist Public Andres Kurg 2. Bogdan Bogdanović: Dissident in Life, Architecture and Writing Gordana Korolija Fontana-Giusti 3. A Difficult Person for Socialism: Elemér Zalotay and his Strip Building Mariann Simon and Peter Haba Part 2: Pedagogy as Site of Dissent 4. Playing in the Time of Normalisation: SIAL Školka’s Experiment and Architectural Dissidence Ana Miljački 5. Vilanova Artigas and the São Paulo School of Architecture Ana Maria Leon 6.Radical Remoteness—The HfG Ulm as Institution of Dissidence

Anna-Maria Meister Interview Practicing in Palestine. Architecture between the Lines. Senan Abdelquader Part 3: Possible Geographies of Architecture. Between Dissidence and Activism 7. Antigone’s Dissident Dustings: Coatings, Revolutions and the Circularity of Dust Teresa Stoppani 8. Gestures of Refusal in the Margins of New Babylon Jérémie Michael McGowan 9. Translocal Transmedia Citizenship Jonathan Massey and Brett Snyder 10. Mapping the Sea: Thalassopolitics and Disobedient Spatial Practices Lorenzo Pezzani Part 4: Dissident Ecologies 11. Weather Dissidents: From Natura Naturans, to ‘Space’ and Back Again Helen Mallinson 12. Dissident Water: The Political Life of Rising Acid Mine Water Lindsay Bremner 13. Earthly Poison: Arsenic in the Bengal Delta Nabil Ahmed 14. The Third Degree: Interrogating the Scale of Climate Conflict Adrian Lahoud Bibliography Index

About the Editor

Ines Weizman is Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University and a Junior Professor of Architectural Theory at the Bauhaus University Weimar.

About the Series


Critical Studies in Architectural Humanities
Critiques is the book series of the AHRA – Architectural Humanities Research Association. Originally established in 2003 AHRA supports and disseminates interdisciplinary scholarship in all areas under the broad heading of architectural humanities, including architectural history, theory, culture, design and urbanism.

This original series of edited books contains selections of essays developed from the best papers presented at the annual AHRA International Conferences. Each year the event has a particular thematic focus while sharing an emphasis on new and emerging areas of critical research. Recent interdisciplinary areas addressed include urban studies, spatial politics, anthropology, exhibitions and representation.

To find out more about AHRA activities including the themes to be addressed in forthcoming conferences please follow the link below:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / History / General