1st Edition

Architectures of Hiding Crafting Concealment | Omission | Deception | Erasure | Silence

    346 Pages 98 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    346 Pages 98 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Architecture manifests as a space of concealment and unconcealment, lethe and alêtheia, enclosure and disclosure, where its making and agency are both hidden and revealed. With an urgency to amplify narratives that are overlooked, silenced and unacknowledged in and by architectural spaces, histories and theories, this book contends the need for a critical study of hiding in the context of architectural processes. It urges the understanding of inherent opportunities, power structures and covert strategies, whether socio-cultural, geo-political, environmental or economic, as they are related to their hidescapes – the constructed landscapes of our built environments participating in the architectures of hiding.

    Looking at and beyond the intentions and agency that architects possess, architectural spaces lend themselves as apparatuses for various forms of hiding and un(hiding). The examples explored in this book and the creative works presented in the interviews enclosed in the interludes of this publication cover a broad range of geographic and cultural contexts, discursively disclosing hidden aspects of architectural meaning. The book investigates the imaginative intrigue of concealing and revealing in design processes, along with moral responsibilities and ethical dilemmas inherent in crafting concealment through the making and reception of architecture.

    Part 1: Modes of Hiding: Veiled Devices Beyond the Gaze

    Interlude 1: Verdures: Mimicry and Camouflage

    François Sabourin and Bertrand Rougier

    Interviewed by Ryan Stec and Pallavi Swaranjali

    1. Camouflage After the Bauhaus: Oskar Schlemmer, László Moholy-Nagy and György Kepes

    Jodi La Coe and Marcia Feuerstein

    2. Walls and Hidden Forms of Walling: The Production of Spatial Violence in Beirut

    Jenan Ghazal

    3. Hiding, Veiling and Transversing: Nubian Madyafa Post-Displacement

    Menna Agha

    4. From Concealed Caves to Dis(Cover)ed Bunkers: Gaetano Pesce’s Pre-/Post-Historical Atomic Shelter

    Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou

    5. Concealed Behind Transparencies: A Closer Look at Architecture’s Hidden Performativity Through the Barcelona Pavilion

    Ramon Rispoli

    6. Happy Schools: The Visible and Invisible in the Sven Lokrantz School and the Architecture of Special Education

    Dora Vanette

    Interlude 2: Deformative, Yet Silent

    Samira Daneshvar

    Interviewed by Pallavi Swaranjali

    Part 2: Motives of Hiding: Disguised Narratives

    Interlude 3: Avert

    Heather Leier

    Interviewed by Ryan Stec and Pallavi Swaranjali

    7. Hiding in Plain Sight: The White House Solarium and the Projection of History

    Eliyahu Keller

    8. Urban Alibi and Its Terms of Concealment: Cases From Shanghai

    Ying Zhou

    9. Hiding Behind Colonial Roots: Investigating the Reconstruction of the Palestinian Presidential Headquarters (the Muqata’a) in Ramallah

    Anwar Jaber

    10. [Hidden Architecture]: The Paracontextual in Superstudio’s Project of Instrumentalizable Muteness

    Ashley Mason

    11. Architects’ Hidden Building Signatures

    Paul Emmons

    12. Clutter, Tidying and Architectural Desires

    Rebecca Williamson

    Interlude 4: Hidden Relics

    Claudio Sgarbi

    Interviewed by Ryan Stec and Pallavi Swaranjali

    Part 3: Concealed Apparatus: Latencies and Potentialities in Material Realities

    Interlude 5: Yellow + Blue: An Apparatus for Fabricating Illusionary Architecture

    Zenovia Toloudi

    Interviewed by Pallavi Swaranjali

    13. Hiding in the Wings: A Culture of the Onlooker in Eighteenth-Century France

    Louise Pelletier

    14. Principles of Masking: Wall Paintings by Thomas Schütte and Ludger Gerdes, Circa 1977

    Stefaan Vervoort

    15. Concealment, Costume and Modern Architecture

    Teminioluwa Thomas

    16. Architecture, Infrastructure and Occlusion in Miami: The Network Access Point of the Americas

    Jeffrey Kruth and Allison Schifani

    17. Drawn Lines Conceal Multitudes: The Hidden Traces of Time in Carlo Scarpa’s Drawn Factures for the Brion Memorial

    Kristin Washco

    18. Impossible Gag: Clues to a Hidden Reality in Winsor McCay’s and Buster Keaton’s Representations of Dreams

    Linda Heinrich

    Interlude 6: A New Approach to Hidden History: The Reconstruction of History Through Nodal Spaces in the Ghost City of Lifta

    Hala Barakat

    Interviewed by Ryan Stec and Pallavi Swaranjali

    Coda: The Architecture of Hiddenness: Latency and Virtuality in the Topology of Concealment

    Don Kunze


    Rana Abughannam is assistant professor at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia. She taught at Carleton University, the Canadian University Dubai and Birzeit University. She is a registered architect in Palestine with a degree in architectural engineering (Birzeit University) and a master of history and theory of architecture (McGill University). Her doctoral research (Carleton University) focuses on counter-colonial practices in Palestine.

    Émèlie Desrochers-Turgeon is assistant professor at the Dalhousie University School of Architecture. Her research areas include the relationship between built environments and grounds through material fictions, architectural representation, extractive infrastructures and liquid landscapes. Educated professionally in architecture (McGill University) and environmental design (UQAM), she practiced design in Canada and Germany before pursuing her PhD in architecture at Carleton University.

    Pallavi Swaranjali is program coordinator and professor in the Bachelor of Interior Design program, Algonquin College, Ottawa. She holds a PhD in architecture (Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University), a BA in architecture and an MDesign in industrial design from India, where she also practiced. She is an intern architect with the Ontario Association of Architects. Her research centers on architecture and storytelling.

    Federica Goffi is professor of architecture, and co-chair of the architecture PhD Program at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University, Canada. She published on architectural representation and the role of time in architecture. She holds a PhD in architecture and design research (Virginia Tech), a Dottore in Architettura (University of Genoa), and is a licensed architect in her native country, Italy.

    "This volume performs a masterful reveal of architecture’s masked motives and methods. Its elegant structure presents remarkably rich and diverse insights into architecture’s invisible agencies."

    Leslie Van Duzer, Professor of Architecture, University of British Columbia 

    "The editors have assembled a wide-ranging cast of scholars to account for the unaccounted. Aggregating terms with a family resemblance to the gerund 'hiding' – from camouflage to clutter, violence to veils – the authors discuss how buildings and builders actively occlude their own political, physical, and cultural orders. Interested in post-truth history and criticism of the built world? Then this is a book for you."

    David Theodore, Associate Professor, McGill University


    “At a time of greater enforcement of data protection principles for the personal information of individuals, this invaluable book delves into an essential topic: understanding the dynamics, the imaginative possibilities, the moral dilemmas and ethical responsibilities of concealment and revealment in architecture, its histories, theories, power structures and overlooked narratives.”

    Sophia Psarra, Professor of Architecture and Spatial Design, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL