chapter  7
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Philosophical thinking as political praxis: Giorgio Agamben and inoperative architecture

Giorgio Agamben’s reflections are political, provocative and language oriented. His

production has been highly influential, mainly through his popular Homo Sacer project,1

where the notion of ‘exception’ and ‘the camp’ suggest the basis for the constitution of

extreme spatial organization in the modern metropolis. Never speaking directly about

architecture and urbanism, Agamben alludes to the contemporary landscape by saying

that advanced capitalism produces a great accumulation of dispositifs, of heterogeneous

sets of elements (discourses, regulations, institutions, architectures), and that today ‘there

are only oikonomie – pure governance, which has the sole purpose of reproducing itself’.2