The Architecture of Neoliberalism: How Architecture Became an Instrument of Control and Compliance

Spencer, D. 2016. The Architecture of Neoliberalism: How Architecture Became an Instrument of Control and Compliance. London Bloomsbury Academic.

TitleThe Architecture of Neoliberalism: How Architecture Became an Instrument of Control and Compliance
AuthorsSpencer, D.
Abstract

The Architecture of Neoliberalism pursues an uncompromising critique of the neoliberal turn in contemporary architecture. This book reveals how a self-styled parametric and post-critical architecture serves mechanisms of control and compliance while promoting itself, at the same time, as progressive. Spencer's incisive analysis of the architecture and writings of figures such as Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher, Rem Koolhaas, Greg Lynn and Alejandro Zaera-Polo shows them to be in thrall to the same notions of liberty as are propounded in neoliberal thought.
Analysing architectural projects in the fields of education, consumption and labour, The Architecture of Neoliberalism examines the part played by contemporary architecture in refashioning human subjects into the compliant figures - student-entrepreneurs, citizen-consumers and team-workers - requisite to the universal implementation of a form of existence devoted to market imperatives.

KeywordsArchitecture, Architectural Theory, Architectural History, Architectural Criticism, Neoliberalism,
Year2016
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Publication dates
Published20 Oct 2016
Place of publicationLondon
ISBN9781472581518
9781472581532
Web address (URL)http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-architecture-of-neoliberalism-9781472581532/

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