Architecture, Multitude and the Analogical City as a Critical Project

McEwan, Cameron (2020) Architecture, Multitude and the Analogical City as a Critical Project. Architecture and Culture, 8 (3-4). pp. 620-635. ISSN 2050-7828

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This article develops a theory of the multitude for architecture. It is a close-reading of political theorist Paolo Virno’s concept of the multitude and its associated categories of language, repetition and what Virno calls “real abstraction.” The article transposes those categories to the thought of Aldo Rossi on typology, the city as a text and the analogical city. The aim is to explore the conditions of possibility for a renewed critical project for architecture and to articulate architecture’s capacity for framing a collective political subject. The key questions addressed are therefore how does Virno’s grammar of the multitude translate into an architectural grammar for the city; and how can architecture frame a collective political subject?.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aldo Rossi, analogical city, architecture, critique, language, multitude, Paolo Virno, representation
Subjects: K100 Architecture
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2022 13:07
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2022 13:15

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