Architecture as Double (Secret) Agent

Core Architecture Studio 2

Spring 2013

Cristina Goberna, critic, with Chao Lun Wang

This studio explored the potential of Agonism in architecture to opening unexpected paths for the identification and confrontation of current polemics in the field. Its final aim was to test the potential of architecture as a double (secret) agent working for opposite ideological agendas.

The current high-speed consumption of architectural imaginary entails the naturalization of issues that could otherwise be publicly contested. This domestication of architectural polemics, a general disinterest in discussion and the automatic consensus it entails, hinders the debates that generate advancement in the field. From the 20’ avant‐garde trust in architecture as agent for revolution, to the 60’‐70’ disbelieve in this very topic, the complicated relation of architecture and class struggle has been a recurrent source of discussion that seemed to be dormant for the past decades, until now. The recent movements as the Arab Spring, the uprisings in Greece, Indignados in Spain or Occupy Wall Street in New York evidenced a remarkable absence of architecture and architects–especially in its role of producers of representation–that makes urgent the reconsideration of architecture’s participation as a potential agent of provocation or change.

Rebecca E. Riss A/B/C
Say Park D/E