e-flux #66

The second part of the ‘Architecture as Intangible Infrastructure’ issue of e-flux journal, has been published. It begins with an editorial which argues –

It is actually through ethical, historical, economic, and social apparatuses that today’s information flows are placing the greatest stresses on the formal language that architects have been trained in. The question then becomes whether this language can remain relevant in designing spectacular parametric signposts for concentrations of heritage, capital, and tourism.

Highlights include;

Andrew Herscher on Digital Food,” “Digital Shelter,” and Voucher Humanitarianism wherein Herscher suggests

the refugee camp is in effect privatized, its functions distributed across city-as-such, no matter its condition. Normalizing precarity, this rendering disposes of the housing question as a provocation to envision other forms of housing, if not other ways of living in common. When housing questions are answered by the existing housing market, in other words, the market’s structural inadequacies and inequities are assumed and reproduced;

Hans Ulrich Obrist In Conversation with Hans Hollein and a mapping “of the convergence of global workforces on a building site” by WBYA.

Plus, Jorge Otero-Pailos proposes the neologism Monumentaries to describe the notion that monuments are not just material documents of the past, but also the expression of a contemporary editorial point of view. He also digs into the “paradoxical status of the supplement” in relation to architecture and historic preservation.

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