Organized by second-year M.E.D. students in collaboration with the director of the M.E.D. program, this year’s colloquium investigates a taxonomy of minor, invisible, even subversive conditions that affect the role of architecture in the built environment and that may inform strategies and tactics for new, disruptive practices. This colloquium seeks to destabilize major narratives. While many practices and discourses strive to assert the autonomy of architecture in its image- or form-making powers, a minor architecture embraces the myriad conditions—ranging from political and economic codas to cultural imaginaries— that constitute the contemporary built environment. Through lectures and conversations with emergent theorists, historians, and designers, the course searches among the detritus of everyday urban space, probing the forces of its creation in search of paths or opportunities that might be ripe for intervention.

All Semesters

3220b
Spring 2017
Contemporary Architectural Discourse Colloquium
Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen
3220b
Spring 2016
Contemporary Architectural Discourse Colloquium
Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen