Architecture is a political weapon. From Palestine to the walls of "Fortress Europe" via the segregation of American and French suburbs, its intrinsic capacity to organize bodies in space is instrumentalized in order to materialize (geo)political programs. This lecture will examine several examples in order to illustrate architecture's violence on bodies and to propose a manifesto for architects to engage with politics of bodies (anti-racist, feminist, queer, and disable struggles).
Léopold Lambert is a Paris-based architect. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Funambulist Magazine, a bimestrial printed and digital publication that examines the politics of the built environment in relation to the bodies, as well as its two online platforms, blog and podcast. He is the author of three books, Weaponized Architecture: The Impossibility of Innocence (dpr-barcelona, 2012), Topie Impitoyable: The Corporeal Politics of the Cloth, the Wall, and the Street (punctum books, 2016) and La politique du bulldozer (B2, 2016).
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