At the Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Intervention, we believe that our only option is to understand, critique, intervene in, and devise the various apparatuses which are enmeshed in our enactments of the world in order to qualitatively transform it. Agamben understands the apparatus as anything which can “capture, orient, determine, intercept, model, control, or secure the gestures, behaviors, opinions, or discourses of living beings”.
He not only includes Foucault’s “prisons, madhouses, the panopticon, schools, … factories, disciplines, judicial measures” but also “… the pen, writing, literature, philosophy, agriculture, cigarettes, navigation, computers, cellular telephones and--why not--language itself ...”.
Apparatuses co-determine our enactments of the world.
Our work questions one of architecture’s apparatuses – the oft-persistent mirroring and representation of spaces of neoliberal agendas – and develops transversal, diffractive methodologies that produce effects in exchange with, and which transform, sites.
Baunach: Spurbuchverlag , 2013, 1. 22-27 p.
Urban Studies, Critical Pedagogy, Critical Spatial Practice, Relational Architecture