Can Architecture Be Political?

Sunday, October 8, 2023

What Is It

It’s common to judge a piece of architecture based on its functional and aesthetic values, and how the two might complement or compete with one other. It’s less common to judge architecture based on its political values. But can’t a building’s design also express a political viewpoint? Why are different styles of architecture associated with different ideologies? And can a historical edifice's social purpose change over time? Josh and Ray build a foundation with Vladimir Kulić from Iowa State University, editor of Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980.

This episode is generously sponsored by the Stanford Global Studies program.

Transcript

Transcript

Josh Landy  
What can architecture tell us about the politics of its makers?

Ray Briggs  
Does the shape of a prison express the opinions of the state?

Josh Landy  
Can't a flying buttress just be a flying buttress?

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Friday, December 8, 2023 -- 4:57 AM

Very educational video. I

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Tuesday, December 12, 2023 -- 1:09 AM

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