154 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    154 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Bruno Latour is one of the leading figures in Social Sciences today, but his contributions are also widely recognised in the arts. His theories ‘flourished’ in the 1980s in the aftermath of the structuralism wave and generated new concepts and methodologies for the understanding of the social. In the past decade, Latour and his Actor-Network Theory (ANT) have gained popularity among researchers in the field of architecture.

    Latour for Architects is the first introduction to the key concepts and ideas of Bruno Latour that are relevant to architects. First, the book discusses critically how specific methods and insights from his philosophy can inspire new thinking in architecture and design pedagogy. Second, it explores examples from architectural practice and urban design, and reviews recent attempts to extend the methods of ANT into the fields of architectural and urban studies. Third, the book advocates an ANT-inspired approach to architecture, and examines how its methodological insights can trace new research avenues in the field, reflecting meticulously on its epistemological offerings.

    Drawing on many lively examples from the world of architectural practice, the book makes a compelling argument about the agency of architectural design and the role architects can play in re-ordering the world we live in. Following Latour’s philosophy offers a new way to handle all the objects of human and nonhuman collective life, to re-examine the role of matter in design practice, and to redefine the forms of social, political and ethical associations that bind us together in cities.

    Series Editor’s Preface

    Illustration Credits


    1. Introduction: ‘In this World’
    2. Rethinking the Modern Constitution
    3. Are We Modern?

      The Promises of Symmetrical Anthropology

      Non-modern Architects

    4. Science in the Making
    5. Matters of Facts as End Product

      Hot and Cold Science

      Discoveries: The Diffusion and the Translation Models

      Speaking Scientifically, Speaking Legally

      Mapping Controversies

    6. How Technology Shapes Everyday Life
    7. A Socio-Technical Approach to Mundane Artefacts

      Projects and Failure

    8. Actor-Network Theory
    9. Society or the Making of the Social

      An ANT Approach to Architecture

    10. Space and Spacing
    11. Process and the Construction of Space


    12. Invisible Cities
    13. Paris for Millions





      How to Study Invisible Cities? 

    14. The Parliament of Things
    15. Object-Oriented Politics

      Cosmos and Cosmopolitics

      Cosmopolitical Design

    16. A Gaia Who Cares

    The Intrusion of Gaia

    Architectural Contributions to Gaia-graphy


    Further Reading




    Albena Yaneva is Professor of Architectural Theory at the University of Manchester, UK. She is the author of several books, including Crafting History: Archiving and the Quest for Architectural Legacy (2020) and The New Architecture of Science: Learning from Graphene (2020), co-authored with Sir Kostya S. Novoselov. Her work has been translated into nine languages. Yaneva is the recipient of the RIBA President’s award for outstanding research.

    "Don’t get fooled by the title of Albena Yaneva’s book "Latour for Architects". It is a quick, lively and precise introduction of my work for lots of other professional bodies and academics. This is the best presentation of my entire work that I am aware of."

    Bruno Latour, Emeritus Professor at Science Po, Paris, France

    "At a moment when more and more designers conceive of form as interplay rather than shape and outline, Latour for Architects further extends research and practice beyond the limits of the profession and into new disciplinary coalitions that are increasingly giving authority to spatial variables."

    Keller Easterling, Enid Storm Dwyer Professor of Architecture, Yale University, School of Architecture, USA

    "Albena Yaneva does an outstanding job in presenting Latour’s most important ideas and deserves praise for organizing them in such an accessible manner. Regarding the task of explanation, the book is impressive."

    Robert A. Beauregard, Emeritus Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, USA


    ‘Sunday Coffee: Arts Design Architecture Latour for Architects by Albena Yaneva’ (with Tricia Keffer)


    ‘Albena Yaneva: Bruno Latour, ANT and Architects. A is for Architecture’ (with Ambrose Gillick)

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