Architecture: whom does it serve?

Ethel Baraona Pohl for #XFORMAS of Doing Architecture

When I was invited by Nicolás Valencia to write a text for the book XFORMAS. Reflexiones periféricas sobre arquitectura, my mind immediately went to the 1969 manifesto ‘Architecture: whom does it serve?’ written by ‘The Architects’ Resistance’, a collective of students from Yale University, Columbia University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

For many reasons it seemed relevant to me to revisit the manifesto, as we find ourselves in a time of dissent in which the question “architecture, whom does it serve?” could have an infinite number of answers, all right, all wrong, all contradicting and complementing each other at the same time. And within this seemingly chaotic diversity are common threads that can give us clues not on how to organize chaos, but on how to understand and inhabit it and, therefore, to learn “to stay with it.”

Title: Architecture: whom does it serve?

Language: English, Spanish

Date: March 2022

Publisher: Dostercios Editorial

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