While the potential of agency is most frequently taken to be the power and freedom to act for oneself, for the architectural community this also involves the power and responsibility to act as intermediaries on behalf of others.

Presenting current thinking from practitioners and scholars from around the world, this book asks for a more active relationship between the humanities, the architectural profession, and society. Considering issues of architectural research as an agency of transformation, this book explores how humanities research can better contribute towards understanding current architectural needs.

chapter |18 pages

Agency: working with uncertain architectures

ByFlorian Kossak, Doina Petrescu, Tatjana Schneider, Renata Tyszczuk, Stephen Walker

part |2 pages


chapter |15 pages

Environmental and social action in the studio: three live projects along the

ByElizabeth River Phoebe Crisman

chapter |14 pages

Secondary agency: learning from Boris Groys

ByDana Vais

chapter |16 pages

On consensus, equality, experts and good design: an interview with

ByRoberta Feldman, Henry Sanoff

part |2 pages


chapter |10 pages

Acting up: architectural practice as ecological performance

ByKarin Jaschke

chapter |13 pages

Ethics and aesthetics: Deleuze, diagrams and sustainability

ByStefan White

chapter |12 pages

The radical potential of architecture

ByRichard Lister, Thomas Nemeskeri

chapter |15 pages

Agency, assemblages and ecologies of the contemporary city

ByGraham Livesey

part |2 pages


chapter |10 pages

Against determination, beyond mediation

ByAna Paula Baltazar, Silke Kapp

chapter |11 pages

‘Air rights’

ByHelen Mallinson