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The Politics of Making

1st Edition

Edited by Mark Swenarton, Igea Troiani, Helena Webster


290 pages

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A unique collection of contemporary writings, this book explores the politics involved in the making and experiencing of architecture and cities from a cross-cultural and global perspective

Taking a broad view of the word ‘politics’, the essays address a range of questions, including:

  • What is the relationship between politics and the making of space?
  • What role has theory played in reinforcing or resisting political power?
  • What are the political difficulties associated with working relationships?
  • Do the products of our making construct our identity or liberate us?

A timely volume, focusing on an interdisciplinary debate on the politics of making, this is valuable reading for all students, professionals and academics interested or working in architectural theory.

Table of Contents

Introduction Mark Swenarton Part 1: Politics of Cities1. The freedom of the city David Harvey 2. The politics of the West Bank Wall: symbolic violence and spaciocide Brigitte Piquard 3. Politics and housing in 1950s French Algiers Kahina Amal Djiar 4. A space of the state: Beijing 1949-59 Jianfei Zhu 5. Representing the state: symbolism and ideology in Doxiadis's plan of Islamabad Ahmed Zaib K. Mahsud 6. The pleasures of driving: experiencing cities from the automobile Iain Borden 7. Campagna Romana: the formation of the Oltrecittà Lorenzo Romito Part 2: Politics of Makers 8. Architectural theory in the service of the crown: the foundation of the Académie royale d’architecture Anthony Gerbino 9. The flute and the house: doing the architecture of making Leonidas Koutsoumpos 10. Ethical dilemmas and difficult collaborations: an architect’s view inside an award-winning but troubling project Jason Alread 11. Unsettling design: working between cultures in remote Western Australia Fiona Harrisson 12. The Beehive: a difficult collaboration Robin Skinner 13. Edited by Alison Smithson: the censored history of the ‘Team 10 family' Igea Troiani 14. Towards a new understanding of architecture of addition: the unrealised extensions of Whitney Museum of American Art Albena Yaneva Part 3: Politics of seeing 15. Watching palaces: Ruskin and the representation of Venice Stephen Kite 16. Ambiguous objects: modernism, brutalism and the politics of the picturesque Jonathan Hill 17. Souvenirs of the architectural tourst: Ahmedabad framed Jane McAllister and Ben Stringer 18. Auschwitz State Museum: collective memory and the contested landscape Helena Webster 19. Displacing topographies: making and reading Istanbul guidebooks Aslihan Senel 20. Down and out in London: photography and the politics of representing life in the Elephant, 1948-2005 Ben Campkin 21. The early American maps of Iowa and their politics Marwan Ghandour 22. Making by stealing: the politics of Helen Chadwick’s ‘creative and manipulative theft’ Stephen Walker 23. The art of the plausible: some characteristics of architectural design Tony Fretton

About the Editors

Mark Swenarton is Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, UK.

Igea Troiani is Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, UK.

Helena Webster is Deputy Head of the Department of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University, UK.

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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