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The Possibility of Emancipating Architecture Strategies of Estrangement

The Possibility of Emancipating Architecture – Strategies of Estrangement -

The possibility of future urban forms seems to release a vast array of both utopian and dystopian energies. The most interesting cases of this are those that manage to include both of these vectors, play them off against each other and thus generate a profound insecurity that allows us to enter into a “beyond-good-and-evil” experience – not in order to remain there, but to use this leveling or willing suspension of previous aesthetic beliefs and socio-cultural hierarchies as a means to grasp what is emergent instead of residual in our present. – Sven-Olov Wallenstein -

The research investigates how architecture, which is a very particular spatial and aesthetic experiential device, through ‘strategies of estrangement’ can be transformative, emancipating and create new imaginaries. Specifically it investigates the emancipatory as that which can transform through different techniques of estrangement, the building’s autonomy, its presence and its representation. Using different architectural case studies, the research looks at how spatial and aesthetic techniques (e.g., devices such as windows, facades, colour, the building envelope, the plan, the section) through different scales – from object to city –, can estrange, mobilise/ provoke/ install emancipatory alternatives and situated freedoms.

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