Architecture Domination And Autonomy

In this peripatetic course, we will take a critical look at the built environment to discover to what extent people are prevented by it from really living, and where the promise for autonomous and cooperative life may be most richly found. We will look into the presuppositions about power, command, obedience, authority, oppression, and domination that are inherent in architectural practices and in the resulting built environment. We will begin to develop a catalog of alternatives to conventional processes and forms. We will also interrogate some historical anarchist and utopian conceptions of the city.
Some topics

  • Property and the state
  • The Practice of the State and the Practice of Domination
  • The Role of the Fixed in Domination
  • The Role of Changing in Autonomy
  • Making-do in fractured space
  • Wholeness and the Necessary Architecture of Community
  • Thriving in Tectonic Conviviality

Course readings include selections from the works of Chris Alexander, the teacher's own research into communal architectures (New Urbanism, Co-housing, Community Land Trusts), Paul Goodman, Lewis Mumford, Randolph Hester, and others as time allows and interest dictates.

Method/Procedures: phenomenology, collaborative critique, walking, formation of research programs
Schedule: Sat 1-5 pm
Location: Encuentro 5
Fees: negotiable
Teacher: Eric Buck
Week-to-Week topics

Online texts
Chris Alexander's works are sometimes available used. But for a low month-to-month fee, you can have access to all of Chris Alexander's A Pattern Language as well as to his online applications of The Nature of Order. These works will constitute the core of our method of studying architecture. Go to [] and sign up.

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