Neoliberalism on the Ground: Architecture and Transformation from the 1960s to the Present

Neoliberalism on the Ground: Architecture and Transformation from the 1960s to the Present


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Architecture and urbanism have contributed to one of the most sweeping transformations of our times. Over the past four decades, neoliberalism has been not only a dominant paradigm in politics but a process of bricks and mortar in everyday life. Rather than to ask what a neoliberal architecture looks like, or how architecture represents neoliberalism, this volume examines the multivalent role of architecture and urbanism in geographically variable yet interconnected processes of neoliberal transformation across scales—from China, Turkey, South Africa, Argentina, Mexico, the United States, Britain, Sweden, and Czechoslovakia. Analyzing how buildings and urban projects in different regions since the 1960s have served in the implementation of concrete policies such as privatization, fiscal reform, deregulation, state restructuring, and the expansion of free trade, contributors reveal neoliberalism as a process marked by historical contingency. Neoliberalism on the Ground fundamentally reframes accepted narratives of both neoliberalism and postmodernism by demonstrating how architecture has articulated changing relationships between state, society, and economy since the 1960s.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822946014
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 03/31/2020
Series: Culture Politics & the Built Environment Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Kenny Cupers is associate professor of history and theory of architecture and urbanism at the University of Basel, where he cofounded and leads its new division of urban studies.

Catharina Gabrielsson is associate professor in urban theory and docent in architecture at the KTH School of Architecture.

Helena Mattsson is professor in theory and history at KTH School of Architecture

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Undead Neoliberalisms Kenny Cupers Catharina Gabrielsson Helena Mattsson 1

Part 1 Shifting Objects and Representation

1 Palace on Mortgage: The Collapse of a Social Housing Monument in France Anne Kockelkorn 19

2 A Ruin in Reverse: The National Library of the Republic of Argentina, 1961-1992 Ana María León 45

3 Through the Anxieties of Style: The Rigging of Neoliberalism and the New Vasa Museum in Stockholm Catharina Gabrielsson 65

4 Faceless Concrete Monsters, ca. 1990 Maroš Krivy 89

Color plates follow page 110

Part 2 Policies and Spatial Production

5 The Political Economy of Flexibility: Deregulation and the Transformation of Corporate Space in the Postwar City of London Amy Thomas 127

6 Building Reform: The Block and the Wall in Late Mao-Era China Cole Roskam 151

7 Norm to Form: Deregulation, Postmodernism, and Swedish Welfare State Housing Helena Mattsson 167

8 Austerity Architecture: Contradictory Aspirations for Apartheid's End Sharóne Tomer 195

Part 3 Professional Practices in Transformation

9 The Laws of Persuasion: Discretionary Zoning, Manageability, and the Rise of the Urban Designer Deepa Ramaswamy 221

10 Optimizing Freedom and Choice: Cedric Price's Potteries Thinkbelt Mary Louise Lobsinger 236

11 Surfing the Wave of Neoliberalism: Rem Koolhaas in Lille Valéry Didelon 257

12 Creative Uncertainty: Ar up Associates, Fire Safety, and the Metaengineering of Government Liam Ross 270

Color plates follow page 294

Part 4 Subjectivities in Formation

13 Mexican Remittance Architecture: Building Neoliberal Subjectivities in the Spaces of Migration Sarah Lopez 315

14 The "Right to Buy" in Milton Keynes: Constructing Consumer-Citizens and Commodifying Urban Life Janina Gosseye 337

15 Human Territoriality and the Downfall of Public Housing Kenny Cupers 357

16 Homo economicus of the "New Turkey": Urban Development of Istanbul in the 2000s Esra Akcan 383

Epilogue: Neoliberalism and Architecture, Backward Reinhold Martin 408

Contributors 417

Illustration Credits 423

Index 427

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