Spectacles of the Abject

Guest Lecture, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam, June 26, 2018.


Brutalism is back. As experts and enthusiasts have been noting since the early 2000s, we are experiencing a renewed of wave of interest in this historically-maligned yet globally-circulating architecture style. This talk explores how the current Brutalist architectural revival connects - via spectacles of the abject - to a global, mediated fascination with postindustrial ruins, urban squatting, and gentrification.

More details on the ASCA website.

Demolition of Robin Hood Gardens, London, 2017 (courtesy Dezeen)