The interviewed protagonists are ordered along their - for this project relevant - main fields of action. Find below detailed descriptions of those permeable and often overlapping (coloured) fields. This is thought of as an additional way to order and describe the protagonists, especially for the visitors that are not familiar with every interview guest yet. The different fields shall be populated with more names over time - at the moment, some of them lack a significant number of protagonists, that likewise shows in which fields the discourse on the connection of architecture and neoliberalism is existing at the moment.
In recent years we have seen a rise of practices (architectural and/or interdisciplinary) that visualise spatial conflicts and support activist arguments with the typical tools of our craft — and by that help to rethink the role of the architect. Furthermore, architectural workers organise to demand better working conditions and a possible union.
This cluster highlights characters and offices (often of collaborative nature) that are linked to the field of architecture but deploy their specific architectural tools to expand the classical notion and task of our profession.
Architectural projects in this field can be defined as carried out with the active cooperation of the end-users. They are often self-initiated by a community and shift the role of architects even more to the position of a consultant and mediator. Those attempts offer exciting alternatives to the conventional production processes of architecture.
Rarely but existing, we find architectural practices with the agenda to build projects with as little affiliation to the neoliberal market as possible and the ability to actively oppose the logics of the market.
Education is the essential element in the making of future professionals and therefore crucial for the profession of architecture. Likewise, educators and learners provide meaningful contributions to this research project.
Architects and their projects are invariably affected by political parameters and often dependent on clients. In order to understand architectural production in the larger context of neoliberalism it is essential to hear the thoughts and needs of those acting on the ‘opposite’ side.
The celebrated buildings and the economical as well as ecological relevant portion of built architecture is made by big architecture firms and the so called ‘star architects’. Therefore, these actors necessarily need to be part of the discussion.
In this category, you will find actors that mainly work in the field of architectural theory and think and write about the relation of architecture and neoliberalism.