Publication

  • Neoliberalism: An Architectural History
    Kenny Cupers, Catharina Gabrielsson, and Helena Mattsson
    Editors
    University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018
  • GRANTEE
    Kenny Cupers, Catharina Gabrielsson & Helena Mattsson
    GRANT YEAR
    2018

Ricardo Bofill, Le Théâtre d’Abraxas, 2012, outside Paris. Photo: Anne Kockelkorn.

The research anthology Neoliberalism: An Architectural History dissects the recent past to reveal how architecture and urbanism have contributed to critical and sweeping transformations of our times. Bringing together some of the most original contemporary scholars in architecture history and theory, this volume demonstrates that over the past four decades neoliberalism has not only been a dominant paradigm in politics, but has led to transformations in bricks and mortar affecting everyday lives. The chapters in this book go beyond a critique of the neoliberal dogma that market exchange provides the sole key for progress and emancipation. Rather than to ask what a neoliberal architecture looks like, or how architecture represents neoliberalism, the cases examined in this book reveal the multivalent role of architecture and urbanism in geographically variable yet interconnected processes of neoliberal transformation across scales—from objects to industries, interiors, and regions.

Kenny Cupers is associate professor in the history and theory of architecture and urbanism at the Faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Basel, where he cofounded and leads its Urban Studies program. His research centers on questions of human and material agency, the epistemology and geopolitics of modernism, and design as a technique of social intervention. His expertise is in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe and its relationship with the transatlantic world and (post)colonial Africa. Cupers is coeditor of Neoliberalism: An Architectural History (University of Pittsburgh Press, forthcoming), author of The Social Project: Housing Postwar France (2014), editor of Use Matters: An Alternative History of Architecture (2013), and coauthor of Spaces of Uncertainty (2002, with Markus Miessen).

Catharina Gabrielsson is associate professor in urban theory and docent in architecture, School of Architecture KTH. Her research centers on the relationship between architecture, art, and urban development, employing critical and creative writing as a means for exploration. Bridging across aesthetics, politics, and economics, her practice combines fieldwork operations with archive and literature studies drawing on recent thinking in philosophy. She is coeditor of Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies (Routledge, forthcoming 2017); invited editor (with Helena Mattsson) of "Architecture and Capitalism: Solids and Flows" (Architecture and Culture 5:2, 2017); and coeditor of Deleuze and the City (Edinburgh University Press 2016). She is Director of the doctoral programme Art, Technology and Design, a collaboration between KTH and Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design); a member of the editorial committee for Architecture and Culture; and a Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of Research, Istanbul.

Helena Mattsson is an architect, researcher, and writer. She is associate professor in history and theory of architecture and dean of KTH School of Architecture. Her research deals with the twentieth century theory welfare state architecture and contemporary architectural history with a special focus on the interdependency between politics, economy, and spatial organizations. She has published in journals as Nordic Journal of Architecture; Journal of Art History and Journal of Architecture. She is the coeditor of Swedish Modernism: Architecture, Consumption, and the Welfare State (London: Black Dog Publishing, 2010) and Neoliberalism: An Architectural History (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, forthcoming). Her research on The Architecture of Deregulations: Postmodernism and Politics in Swedish Architecture (in collaboration with C. Gabrielsson) will form the basis for a publication forthcoming in 2018. She is a board member of Architects Sweden and a member of the editorial board of Journal of Architecture.