Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics brings together a series of thirteen interview-articles by Graham Cairns in collaboration with some of the most prominent polemic thinkers and critical practitioners from the fields of architecture and the social sciences, including Noam Chomsky, Peggy Deamer, Robert A.M. Stern, Daniel Libeskind and Kenneth Frampton. Each chapter explores the relationship between architecture and socio-political issues through discussion of architectural theories and projects, citing specific issues and themes that have led to, and will shape, the various aspects of the current and future built environment. Ranging from Chomsky’s examination of the US–Mexico border as the architecture of oppression to Robert A.M. Stern’s defence of projects for the Disney corporation and George W. Bush, this book places politics at the center of issues within contemporary architecture.
Foreword by Murray Fraser. Introduction. Part 1: Interview Articles The First of the Format Part 2: Views from the United States and the United Kingdom 1. Noam Chomsky 2. Robert A. M. Stern 3. Peggy Deamer 4. Peter Nears 5. Stephen Hodder 6. Michael Sorkin 7. Paul Goldberger 8. Clare Devine 9. Daniel Libeskind 10. Steven Weir and Gareth Hepworth 11. Kenneth Frampton Part 3: An International Perspective Jonathan Woetzel Index