Open Call for Theory Text Nominations

The Architecture Exchange is soliciting nominations for the most significant architectural theory texts in the period between 2008 and 2024. Please share with us your nominations for up to five texts (including your own if you wish). We are looking for texts by architects, architectural educators, architectural theorists, critics and historians that have either been influential and consequential or which make strong arguments and speak to the most important issues of our time (even if they are more obscure). Above all, we are seeking nominations of texts that ...

Rome Teaching Workshop 2023

Open Call for 2023 Rome Teaching Fellows. Thank you to all who applied. The Deadline has now past.

The AE Rome Teaching Workshop 2023 will bring together a cohort of five teaching fellows to Rome for 3-4 days between May and June 2023, to be resident in an apartment in Trastevere and to teach and lecture in the Palazzo Pio near...

Detective Work

In this episode, Megan Eardley introduces Issue 7 by relating contemporary spatial practices to the literary detective story and present day political realities of surveillance, state violence, and justice work.

Community Is A Practice

In Episode 1, Anna Goodman explains how contemporary architects in the United States often pursue community-engaged work through the design of processes. Analysis from the architectural historian Susanne Cowan helps demonstrate how this contrasts with early modern designers’ strong association of community and territory. The episode features excerpts from interviews with Jeff Hou, Maria Sykes and Mary Comerio as well as...

Theory’s Curriculum

Theory’s Curriculum catalyzes an emerging discourse upon the fate and future of architectural theory in our time. It gathers philosophical reflections, historical diagnoses, and polemical arguments from a younger generation of teachers, writers, academics, historians, and theorists who are each charged with teaching architectural theory to new generations of students in the classroom. Together they reassess the standard ways in which...

Jacques Rancière: How does Architecture Distribute the Sensible?

Philosopher Jacques Rancière will debate his philosophy of equality, aesthetics, dissensus and the question of how architecture “distributes the sensible” with four architectural theorists: Peggy Deamer, Anthony Vidler, Michael Young and Joan Ockman.

Is there an Object-Oriented Architecture?

Is there an Object-Oriented Architecture? brings Graham Harman’s philosophy into confrontation with architecture. As one of the leading thinkers in the Speculative Realism movement, Harman has developed a unique realist position in philosophy that sees the universe as a carnival of equal objects with no hierarchy between humans and nonhumans. In his model, Unicorns, triangles, bicycles, neutrons, and humans are all...

Theory’s Curriculum e-flux Symposium

This one–day event addressed who our architectural theory syllabi represent, what theoretical objects or concerns they should address, and why we should continue to teach architectural theory today? The program included the launch and presentation of the e–flux Architecture project, Theory's Curriculum, as well as responses to the project by twelve panelists.

Theory’s Curriculum AA Roundtable

This half–day roundtable addressed presented the Theory's Curriculum e–flux Architecture project to a London audience at the Architectural Association. The program included an introduction to the project by Joseph Bedford and responses by five panelists: Mark Morris, Mollie Claypool, Mario Carpo, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Jane Rendell.

The Question of Theory

This piece asks the question: “what is theory?” It begins by attempting to define “theory” as a term or as a concept, a task that involves addressing ideas of abstraction, generalization, science, discourse, language and rhetoric, as well as the persistent oppositions between theory and practice, theory and history, theory as engaged and instrumental or theory as reflective and critical.

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