1st Edition

Instituting Worlds Architecture and Islands

Edited By Catharina Gabrielsson, Marko Jobst Copyright 2025
    248 Pages 72 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Islands have a long history of appealing to the architectural imagination and have served as sites for architectural expressions of cultural specificity, cultural conquest, and cultural hybridisation over millennia. From offshore financial centres to immigrant detention camps, tourist havens to military bases, the architectures of islands concretise the forces at play in our contemporary, crisis-ridden societies.

    Collecting writings by a wide range of established scholars together with exciting new voices in architecture and affiliated disciplines, this book shows the pertinence islands hold for critical spatial thinking and practice today. Covering war and colonialism, detention and tourism, the topics raised in this book range from issues of urban development to close readings of buildings – whether ruined, designed, projected, preserved, or absent. Combing case studies, critical historiography and pieces of experimental writing, the chapters disclose the variety of ways in which architecture can be used as a lens for analysing, disclosing and untangling island specificity.

    This volume offers a very timely, vibrant, and methodologically varied approach to the subject of architecture and islands. Its global reach, innovative outlook and rich material will be of interest to scholars and students in architecture, landscape architecture, geography, urban design and planning, alongside arts and literary studies.


    Catharina Gabrielsson and Marko Jobst

    1. Friday I’m in Love

    Chris L. Smith

    2. Ghost Islands: Telling an Intertidal Coast

    Lilian Chee and Zi Hao Wong

    3. Big House, Small State: Taiwan’s Architecture of Island Precarity

    Brian McGrath and Cheng-Luen Hsueh

    4. Of Land and Sea: Reclamation Infrastructures in Mumbai

    Deepa Ramaswamy

    5. Aluminum Architecture from the Caribbean

    Tait Johnson

    6. Latent Histories of Manus Island

    Jennifer Ferng

    7. Islands of Carcerality: Fluid exceptionality within Australia’s detention archipelago

    Mark Romei

    8. What sticks: The Ambiguous Carcerality of Asinara

    Sabrina Puddu and Francesco Zuddas

    9. Contact Zones: Walking Robben Island

    Kim Gurney

    10. This Island Life: Provision Plots of the Plantationocene

    Hélène Frichot

    11. Out of Time: Lake Constant and its Island

    Jane Rendell

    12. Extraterritoriality and the impact of tourism development in eastern Indonesia.

    Campbell Drake

    13. Escape, Exile, Architecture: Confining Yassıada

    Berna Göl

    14. Fictioning Great War Island

    Marko Jobst

    15. Flotsam: Retelling the story

    The Huts that Jules Builds Julieanna Preston

    16. Scraps from the Wreckage: Remnants of Hashima Island

    Carl Lavery and Lee Hassall

    17. “Insular time, and ‘something most profound’”

    Catharina Gabrielsson


    Catharina Gabrielsson is Docent in Architecture and Associate Professor in Urban Theory and Design at the School of Architecture KTH, Stockholm. Her research centers on the relationship between architecture, art and urban development, combining critical historiography with philosophy and artistic research. She is co-editor of Neoliberalism on the Ground: Architecture and Transformation from the 1960s to the Present (2020), Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies (2017) and Deleuze and the City (2016).

    Marko Jobst is Senior Lecturer at Leeds School of Architecture. He is the author of A Ficto-Historical Theory of the London Underground (AADR, 2017) and co-editor of Architectural Affects After Deleuze and Guattari with Prof Hélène Frichot (2021), and Queering Architecture: Methods, Practices, Spaces, Pedagogies with Prof Naomi Stead (2023). His research interests include the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, affect and queer theories, and experimental modes of writing.