The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon some of the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, the book examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections. Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book organizes itself around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory. A methodical, authoritative and comprehensive addition to the literature, the Handbook is suitable for academics, researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban geography, cultural studies, sociology and geography.
Chapter 5: Citizenship
Mobilizing Dissent: The Possible Architecture of the Governed
A gigantic ship loaded with Russian monasteries, church spires, and Kremlin-like fortresses is ‘beached’ at the edge of a generic block-city. The oarsmen who propel the ship are unaware that their vessel is no longer mobile. The ship of fools was a common trope in the Soviet art of the Glasnost years.
Figure 5.1 (Below) Iskander Galimov in collaboration with Michail Fadeyev, Russian Centre in Bologna, Italy, 1989.
It also acquired several architectural articulations. In 1989, Iskander Galimov and his collaborator Michael Fadeyev submitted a red-toned gouache painting on this theme together with a set of detailed architectural plans, sections and structural calculations as their entry to an ideas competition for a Russian Centre in Bologna (Figure 5.1). The ...