Architectures of Desire

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm


"Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules." ~ Lebbeus Woods

Let us consider the term "utopian architecture" for a moment.  Does it sound like an oxymoron?  Must it?  How might we change the rules of architecture without throwing away its productive aspects?   Like goldfish, we grow to fit our containers.  Can we imagine an architecture that increases liberty, propagates communalism, stokes mutual aid, and embraces interdependence?   

What would such an architecture – a desiring architecture – look like, and what might it want from us?

Is it modular?  

Is it anarchic?  












                             Commune, or Common? 

Picking up on the work of visionary architect Lebbeus Woods, architectures of desire will explore expanded conditions of a built environment beyond those intended by an ideologically-driven definition of urbanism pegged to for-profit development, imposed alienation, isolation, and other tropes of the capitalist regime.  To imagine such an architecture is to expose the ideology inherent in the way we currently build the buildings in which we live our lives.

In doing so, we will construct a reader and reflect on writings by Rosalyn Deutsche, Lebbeus Woods, Jennifer Bloomer, Gordon Matta-Clark, Paolo Soleri, Daniel Campo, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Marc Augé, Isabelle Auricoste, Jean Baudrillard, Henri Lefebvre, Deleuze and Guattari, Richard Serra, among others.

Drop me a line at if you'd like to propse a reading or discussion topic.



Class involvement

Dylan Gauthier's picture Dylan GauthierProposed, Facilitating
Chelsea Dale's picture Chelsea DaleFollowing
Monica's picture MonicaFollowing
Linnea's picture LinneaFollowing
Jaime's picture JaimeFollowing
Laura Zelasnic's picture Laura ZelasnicFollowing
Kevin Clancy's picture Kevin ClancyFollowing
Lan Xu's picture Lan XuFollowing
Adam's picture AdamFollowing
Mike Stupin's picture Mike StupinFollowing
Elijah Lynn's picture Elijah LynnFollowing


Hi there,

So, in terms of how this class might work, I'd like to keep our discussion each week as open as possible, while basing it around a commonly agreed-upon theme, architectural work, living-proposal, or reading or viewing.  My role is as facilitator rather than "instructor" therefore reliant on everyone involved to contribute and take part. Please bring an example of the week's theme (or something else you'd like to share) to class with you, along with a reading or even something to screen – or better yet, send these around ahead of time, or post them to the class page before we meet.

Here are some ideas for topics/themes we might want to focus on, but we can discuss, rearrange, add to or scrap these in our first meeting on October 8.  The themes are loose but in particular I'd like us to concentrate on tying them into our experience of and expectations for an urbanism of amplified autonomy and collectivism.  These are, by nature, just suggestions:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

General Overview: a/D + Anarchitecture, e.g.:  Lebbeus Woods, Matta Clark and the Anarchitecture Group, Richard Greaves, Spatial Agency, others by your suggestions.  Possible introduction by Kevin Clancy, or anyone else who wants to present.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Ecotecture(ures), e.g.: "How shall we live on/with the earth?", Hundertwasserhaus, Arcology (ArcoSanti and Paolo Soleri), Earthship, Fuller, Venus, Makoko Floating School (Lagos) / African Water Cities, others.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Combine class with Dena Al-Adeeb's Contemporary Aesthetic Practices and Decolonial Architecture class.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

"Nomad, Collective, Autonomy, and Living Together", e.g.: Krzysztof Wodiczko (v-a-v Neil Smith), actLab, Yurt, Camps, Mary Mattingly, others based on your suggestions/contributions.  (And wrap up/retrospective of the class.)

Please contribute through the comments system, or email me with any questions.

Hey everyone, Tonight's class meeting is cancelled… BUT… there's a lot of interest in continuing this so… let's talk about that here :) We have comment notifications enabled now, so we can have a userful conversations here from now on!

Can a thought be overdue?   Here is something to consider.   The concept of the dome which finds itself in every culture, sometimes as a circle.   I think I will go there and see what I find. 

Hi everyone, for the Spring 2015 Session a new Architectures of desire class was made instead of extending this one - follow it here!

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