Is There (Anti-)Neoliberal Architecture?
architektur + analyse 3
Ana Jeinić/Anselm Wagner (eds.)
Berlin: Jovis, 2013
English, 160 pages, softcover
Over the last three decades, neoliberal ideology has irreversibly changed our political and economic reality. Assuming that the built environment both expresses and shapes social processes, there must be a profound relationship between neoliberalism and the architecture of our time. But what relationship is it? Until now, the approaches to this question have been mostly borrowed from various disciplines of the urban, such as urban sociology, urban geography, and urbanism. The book Is There (Anti-)Neoliberal Architecture? seeks to complement these approaches by addressing the subject from the more specific angle of architectural theory. Offering a broad range of perspectives on the subject, this volume describes the historical origins of neoliberalism and its impact on architecture and on the spatial organization of labor and learning; it discusses the end and possible return of utopia and critique; and it examines certain cases of neoliberalization of architectural practices and discourses, while simultaneously reflecting on the possibility of anti-neoliberal engagement through architecture.
With contributions by Gideon Boie (BAVO), Ole W. Fischer, Maria S. Giudici, Rixt Hoekstra, Ana Jeinić, Tahl Kaminer, Ana Llorente, Olaf Pfeifer, Andreas Rumpfhuber, and Oliver Ziegenhard.
The editors, Ana Jeinić and Anselm Wagner, teach and conduct research at the Institute of Architectural Theory, Art History and Cultural Studies at Graz University of Technology.