The Architecture Exchange – How is Architecture Political?

Lecture date: 2014-12-06

Mouffe in conversation with Pier Vittorio Aureli, Reinhold Martin, Ines Weizman and Sarah Whiting

The second in The Architecture Exchange’s series of crossings between theory and architecture presents an open discussion between Chantal Mouffe and four preeminent architectural thinkers.

How is Architecture Political? is a forum to discuss the possible exchanges between architectural and political thinking, with special guest Chantal Mouffe and respondents Pier Vittorio Aureli, Reinhold Martin, Ines Weizman and Sarah Whiting. Audience members are encouraged to contribute as active participants.

Chantal Mouffe is one of the world’s leading political theorists, and director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. She is the author of Hegemony and Socialist Strategy, (1985) and most recently Agonistics: Thinking The World Politically (2013), On the Political (2005) and The Return of the Political (1993)

Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect, co-founder of Dogma and teacher at the Architectural Association. He is the author of The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture (2011), and The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture Within and Against Architecture (2008).

Reinhold Martin is Associate Professor of Architecture in the GSAPP, Columbia University, where he directs the Temple Hoyne Buell Center. He co-founder of the journal Grey Room and author of The Organizational Complex: Architecture, Media, and Corporate Space (MIT Press, 2003), and Utopia’s Ghost: Architecture and Postmodernism, Again (Minnesota, 2010).

Sarah Whiting is Dean of Rice University School of Architecture. She is a partner in WWarchitects in Houston. She is the series editor of POINT, the polemical series of manifesto books and author of many seminal essays. Her forthcoming book is Superblock Urbanism: Chicago’s Elastic Grid.

Ines Weizman is a London-based architect and theorist, teaching at London Metropolitan University. She researches and publishes on the ideological spectacles and urban historiography of Soviet-era architecture and is the author of Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence (2013).


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