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The Event, Politics and Dissent: Alain Badiou and the Utopian Provocations of Brodsky and Utkin

The Event, Politics and Dissent: Alain Badiou and the Utopian Provocations of Brodsky and Utkin Architectural theorists and historians have identified two common types of political response through design: the revolutionary’s utopian “project” and the dissident’s utopian “impulse.” Moreover, in architectural scholarship the former of these is typically celebrated for its vision and manifest agenda, while the latter is often dismissed as escapist and innately ephemeral. However, when viewed in the context of the work of French post-political philosopher Alain Badiou, it is possible to see that the more powerful potential is actually embodied in works of sustained, yet unpredictable, dissent. Using two designs by the Russian Paper Architects Brodsky and Utkin as examples, this article draws on Badiou’s theories to demonstrate the political potential of architectural dissidence. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

The Event, Politics and Dissent: Alain Badiou and the Utopian Provocations of Brodsky and Utkin

Architecture and Culture , Volume 2 (1): 14 – Mar 1, 2014

The Event, Politics and Dissent: Alain Badiou and the Utopian Provocations of Brodsky and Utkin

Architecture and Culture , Volume 2 (1): 14 – Mar 1, 2014

Abstract

Architectural theorists and historians have identified two common types of political response through design: the revolutionary’s utopian “project” and the dissident’s utopian “impulse.” Moreover, in architectural scholarship the former of these is typically celebrated for its vision and manifest agenda, while the latter is often dismissed as escapist and innately ephemeral. However, when viewed in the context of the work of French post-political philosopher Alain Badiou, it is possible to see that the more powerful potential is actually embodied in works of sustained, yet unpredictable, dissent. Using two designs by the Russian Paper Architects Brodsky and Utkin as examples, this article draws on Badiou’s theories to demonstrate the political potential of architectural dissidence.

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2014 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC
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2050-7836
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2050-7828
DOI
10.2752/175145214X13796096691409
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Abstract

Architectural theorists and historians have identified two common types of political response through design: the revolutionary’s utopian “project” and the dissident’s utopian “impulse.” Moreover, in architectural scholarship the former of these is typically celebrated for its vision and manifest agenda, while the latter is often dismissed as escapist and innately ephemeral. However, when viewed in the context of the work of French post-political philosopher Alain Badiou, it is possible to see that the more powerful potential is actually embodied in works of sustained, yet unpredictable, dissent. Using two designs by the Russian Paper Architects Brodsky and Utkin as examples, this article draws on Badiou’s theories to demonstrate the political potential of architectural dissidence.

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Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: Mar 1, 2014

Keywords: Alain Badiou; Brodsky and Utkin; dissidence; utopian theory; political theory

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