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Constructing Barricades: Politics of the Event and Weak Architecture


Hannah, DM, Constructing Barricades: Politics of the Event and Weak Architecture, Architecture and the Political Fourth International Symposium on Architectural Theory, November 10-12, Beirut, Lebanon (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]


While the post-political paradigm in architectural discourse may lay claim to depoliticizing architecture, a performance paradigm emerging from cultural studies allows us to re-politicize the field through the notion of spatial performativity: a destabilizing of architecture’s will to be fixed and durable through a concentration on the complexities of architecture as event. This realignment redresses Henri Lefebvre’s critique of architecture’s implacable objectality with Gilles Deleuze’s focus on the mobilized objectile. Such an emphasis on architecture’s temporal mutability also reinforces Sanford Kwinter’s demand for "an all-encompassing theory and politics of the ‘event’". This paper acknowledges the active role architecture plays in reinforcing a contemporary barricade mentality, which curtails our freedom of movement and expression in the very name of "freedom", while suggesting that in more ephemeral gestures of fortification – seen in a proliferation of data codes, plastic tape, synthetic webbing and portable concrete fences – lies the possibility for critiquing how our public performances are limited and controlled. Positing the barricade as an architectural and social formation allows us to consider its shifting political implications seen in public artworks that are aligned with Rubió Ignaci Solŕ-Morales’ concept of "weak architecture".

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architecture not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
UTAS Author:Hannah, DM (Professor Dorita Hannah)
ID Code:95371
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2014-09-30
Last Modified:2014-09-30

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