Ying Xiao and Shengchen Yang, Occupy Skyscraper, 2012, New York. Courtesy of the artists.
From the increasing tangle of information technology to the tightening strictures of global capital, our contemporary moment presents new problems and opportunities for the architectural imagination. Architecture Is All Over probes the spatial possibilities latent within the interplay between physical infrastructure and immaterial forces. This collection of texts, conversations, and projects by an international array of architects, historians, and theorists explores the spaces of logistics, legislation, and computing, while mining the generative potential of transitory processes, environmental controls, and economic scarcity. Editors Esther Choi and Marrikka Trotter situate emerging architectural strategies alongside historical evidence of the discipline's enduring oscillation between permanence and ephemerality. In so doing, they initiate a new interpretation of architecture's "all over-ness," as an untapped disciplinary property rather than a temporary or terminal condition.
Esther Choi is an architectural historian and assistant professor at OCAD University. She is currently completing a joint PhD in architecture and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities at Princeton University. Her research interests center on the entanglements between architecture and the sciences in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the intersections between artistic and architectural movements throughout the twentieth century. Her work has received support from the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Society of Architectural Historians, Princeton University, and Harvard University. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Hippie Modernism: The Search for Utopia (Walker Art Center, 2015), Artforum, Architectural Review, and Art Papers. She is coeditor of Architecture at the Edge of Everything Else (MIT Press, 2010).
Marrikka Trotter is a PhD candidate in architecture, urbanism, and landscape at Harvard University, where her dissertation examines the cross-currents between architecture and the geological sciences in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her work has received funding from the Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, in addition to numerous fellowships from Harvard University. With a background in architectural practice and site-responsive art, Trotter has taught at the Boston Architectural Center and Harvard University, and has served as guest critic at Northeastern University, MassArt, Wentworth, and MIT. Her writing has appeared in magazines, such as Harvard Design Magazine, the New City Reader, and Log, and she coedited Architecture at the Edge of Everything Else (MIT Press, 2010).