In this age of over emphasis on subjective approaches to forms of knowledge in the design disciplines Alejandro Zaera Polo’s essay is a. Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Alejandro Zaera-Polo and others published The Politics of the Envelope. A Political Critique of Materialism. Seminal theoretical text to examine: The Politics of the Envelope, Alejandro Zaera-Polo Zeara-Polo’s The Politics of the Envelope is an exposition into the role of.

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I recently read this after I heard about it in Living in the End Times.

It is also entirely apropos for my work on hip-hop. As Benjamin thought that the form of technology could create the space for collective consciousness and communist practice, Zaera Polo promotes the idea that it is through formal interventions that radical politics is best practiced today.

The Politics of the Envelope / Winter / The Berlage

I zaer within measure. It is still important to fight the rhetorical battle at the level of narrative and political debate, extremely important given that conservatives have such a loud persistent message that they win populist support despite the fact that their policies only favor the elite.


But his point is well taken: Here is my anotation:.

A Political Critique of Materialism. His point is that by altering cultural forms rather than content — in architecture, the envelope — emancipatory politics can create the conditions of possibility for societal transformation without opposing the logic of the infinitely adaptable free market.

Instead of merely critiquing how social reproduction works through architecture, Zaera Polo proposes that architecture politicize its discipline, making intervention in the political sphere possible without falling victim to outdated forms of critique and rebellion.

Within this frame of reference, he analyzes the four main envelopes of architectural form — flat-horizontal, spherical, flat-vertical, and vertical — while providing examples from contemporary practice.

The article hypothesizes how to make interventions at the level of form: In this sense, the very form of architecture is meant to transform poliitics way people act and think in the world, ultimately producing political effects: He makes some great comments on how contemporary multiculturalism should focus on common ground rather than difference.

He uses contemporary electronic music of an example of this praxis: The image of the rave, a collective environment capable of mobilizing crowds of people into a single rhythm appears to be a perfect incarnation of associative democracy as a coexistence of heterogeneous populations and informal associations.


The Politics of the Envelope – Alejandro Zaera-Polo (Reading Discussion)

Therefore, the left should embrace the market and work within it to try to promote a new directionality towards a more egalitarian, emancipatory future.

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