Architectural Conflicts

Architecture is the pathology of the contemporary era. With the urbanization of conflict, violence – and thus also the violations of human rights and the laws of war – often take place within cities. The city is an entangled social, physical and systemic reality that responds to violence in complex ways. Frequently violations are produced by the very means of architecture – construction, interruption and destruction. Furthermore, spatial representations – maps, plans, geospatial data, satellite imagery, aerial footage, 3D-scans, physical and digital models – shape the way we interrogate, understand and debate conflict.

The new visibilities emerging with the development and widespread accessibility of activist imagery and their accelerated dissemination via social media brought new sights, sites and issues to an extended polity. But this data also calls for new practices of trawling through, looking at, interpreting, verifying, decoding and amplifying messages and broadcasting them further.

In this project students will develop architectural and spatial research methodologies to analyze the violent transformation of larger territories as captured in different media. These anthropogenic milieus register the result of a cumulatively radicalizing entanglement between human conflict and natural environments. The project will lead to the construction of a three-dimensional urban model and data platform able to provide a spatial and temporal account of war destruction.

  • Close-Up Constructivism

    Close-Up Constructivism

    Approaching the 5th quarter of the Socgorod in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine Planned in 1927 by the constructivist architect Viktor Vesnin and constructed until 1932, the large-scale, socialist residential town close to the Dnieper dam was soon subject to the dramatic political turns of the 20th century: first the abandonment of Modernism […]Read more »
  • The Gaza Transcripts

    The Gaza Transcripts

    The research project ‘Architecture, Media and War: The Gaza Transcripts’ investigates the entanglement of war and the built environment in the Gaza Strip. Departing from preliminary studies and reflections on methods for recording urban events and producing testimony, the research engaged with the city of Beit Hanoun as a material […]Read more »