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    Miessen, M. and S. Basar (2004). Did someone say participate? An atlas of spatialpractice. Boston, MIT Press.

    Introduction: did we mean participate or did we mean something else?

    In the wake of 9/11 the relationships between sp[ace, politics and power have cometo the fore in almost all zones of cultural activity (22)

    ROLE OF THE ARCHITECT:To dismantle the idea of the architect being the one incharge of space (22)

    According to the authors, this dismantling is being implemented in many disciplines

    which approach themes which were once considered as a disciplinary and practicalprerogative of the architect; these spatial knowledges are being produced by architectsgoing beyond classic views of architectural theory and practice, and by non-architectsventuring in the social practices related to space, These new and disciplinarily blurredspatial knowledges have the common interest of

    SI: understanding, produc[ing] and altering of spatial conditions as a pre-requisite ofidentifying the broader reaches of political reality (23)

    Murphy, M. (2004). Glimpses of a future architecture, 68-79.

    Architecture is neither a dangerous nor an impotent profession, but a pliable system forthe application of physical constraints and the effectuation of political and social ends(68).

    The greatest asset of architecture is its inability to exist without performing bothorganizational and psychological functions. (68)

    it is the inescapable symbiosis of pace and psychological state that is critical to a futurewhere architecture assumes an important role in a drive to increase empathy levelsbetween humans (68)

    space will become the primary tool for disorientation and demoralization and will result,ultimately in the violation of human rights (69)

    If empathy requires observation and contact, a social-spatial ambition to removearchitectural obstacles to human interaction and to introduce spatial features thatencourage communication it becomes all the more pertinent in the context of hospitalsand other environments where psychological stresses are commonplace.

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    The most futuristic architecture concentrate on new materials technologies (ororganizational changes which seem to justify non-Cartesian geometries)

    The future is a design problem (79)

    Weizman, E. (2004). Architecture, power unplugged: Gaza evacuations, 275-272.

    Homes have alternatively been referred to as a physical entities embodying powerrelations, the symbol of a set of ideologies, a sentient (even haunted) active agent, amilitary weapon, a diplomatic bargaining chip, an economic resource, the fabric of acrime, a physical hazard, an accumulation of toxic waste, the infrastructure of utopia,dystopia, or sometimes both. (258)

    [the chapter] question[s] the more general notions concerning the possible re-use ofarchitecture, and in particular the architecture of exclusion, violence, and control at themoment such architecture is unplugged from the socio-political-military power that hadbeen sustaining it. (258)

    geometry of vision= shaping the built environment, using architecture in ways whichmake it easier to survey the surrounding environment. (259)

    In [] The Wretched of the Earth Frantz Fanon already warned of the possiblecorruption of national, anti-colonial regimes insisting that the physical and the territorial

    organization of the colonial world may eventually mark out the lines on which acolonized society will be organized (269)


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