Architecture is a creative discipline, but for some years now the architects ‘use’ of creativity was ofen limited to new technology. Yet, the fnancial crisis has presented a much wider spectrum of possibilities and architects can now (again!) engage with socio-political and economic issues. Several projects presented at the Venice Biennale 2012 (for example the USA pavilion and “Working with the 99%” project by ateliermob) and also several recent books (for example “Spatial Agency. Other ways of doing architecture” by Nishat Awan, Jeremy Till and Tatjana Schneider or “Te Possibility of an Absolute Architecture” by Pier Vittorio Aureli) show, in very diferent ways, new paths for the future – the architecture of engagement – social, political and economic. Te focus of the “City as a Political Space” issue of the Journal of Architecture and Urbanism is on aspects of architecture and urbanism that critically and creatively experiment with new socio-political and economic models.
Krzysztof Nawratek, HOW BRAVE CAN WE BE? THE CITY AS A POLITICAL EXPERIMENT
at Journal of Architecture and Urbanism (Volume 38, Issue 1, 2014)