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Pop Theory: The Architecture of Late Night Shopping
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE).
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE).
2017 (English)In: Architecture and Culture, ISSN 2050-7828, Vol. 5, no 3, p. 513-524Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Inviting audiences into the late-night, precarious world of (photo) shopping, we explore the way in which the ghostly figures of the Photoshop world - its exhausted architects, indebted consumers, and the two-dimensional cut-outs that populate its spaces - are all put to use in a project of producing subjectivities through environments. Feminist critiques of visuality provide a basis in understanding the play between bodies and worlds that set this production in motion. By looking at the mechanics of "pre-occupation" that allow us to inhabit such images, we speculate: could a re-theorization of this most commercial of "extra-architectural services" (visualization) allow the activity of shopping be put to more radical use?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 5, no 3, p. 513-524
Keywords [en]
visualization, Photoshop, feminist critique, architecture, representation
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-223305DOI: 10.1080/20507828.2017.1367484ISI: 000423950600015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-223305DiVA, id: diva2:1183247
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QC 20180216

Available from: 2018-02-16 Created: 2018-02-16 Last updated: 2018-04-27Bibliographically approved
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1. Architectures of the Unbuilt Environment
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Architectures of the Unbuilt Environment
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This doctoral thesis offers a critical theorization of architecture’s shifting orientations towards the lives that it inevitably shapes and molds. The fourteen essays that comprise this thesis address a range of seemingly superficial transformations in architecture’s disciplinary landscape, which occur in Sweden in the second decade of the twenty-first century. When viewed in aggregate, these transformations point to a decisive shift in what architecture does, evidencing phases of withdrawal (through deregulations and enclosures) and facilitation (through exercises in projection and connection), ultimately suggesting the arrival of a condition that I refer to as the unbuilt environment, wherein the project replaces the building as architecture’s primary outcome.

 

Through this doctoral research, architecture is also examined as a key technology in the neoliberal project. A discipline that is vested in the production of subjects and environments, architecture is shown here to draw, write, and dream forth a vast range of “container technologies” that enclose, move, shape, support, and produce us as subjects, facilitating certain kinds of lives and not others, from the interior out. 

 

The research was motivated by the need to find the words to think, write, transform, and even negate what architecture was doing, when it was doing what it was doing, to lives led and to life itself, in the architectural present. My aim was always to produce thick, transformative, and essayistic theorizations of the state of things, which would be operative in a critical register. I also wanted to show, that the present constitutes a crucial site for the making of architectural theory. In running alongside and in excess of architectural practice, critical architectural theory, I argue, can produce a space for a yet-un-thought architecture: an architecture that might aspire to facilitate life at the scale of the population.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018. p. 422
Series
TRITA-ARK. Akademisk avhandling, ISSN 1402-7461 ; 2018-02
Keywords
The Unbuilt Environment; Withdrawal Symptoms; Pastel Cells; Container Technologies; Instant Archives; A Facilitative Environment; The Fog; The Promise of a Lack; The State of Things; The Liquid Seam; In Aggregate; Ghosts in Shells; Images of Desire.
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Architecture
Research subject
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-226945 (URN)9789177297185 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-05-18, Kollegiesalen, Brinellvägen 8, Stockholm, 14:00 (English)
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QC 20180502

Available from: 2018-05-03 Created: 2018-04-27 Last updated: 2018-05-03Bibliographically approved

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