The Routledge Companion to Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture convenes a wide array of critical voices from architecture, art history, urbanism, geography, anthropology, media and performance studies, computer science, bio-engineering, environmental studies, and sociology that help us understand the meaning and significance of global architecture of the twenty-first century. New chapters by 36 contributors illustrated with over 140 black-and-white images are assembled in six parts concerning both real and virtual spaces: design, materiality, alterity, technologies, cityscapes, and practice.

chapter 1|8 pages


Contemporary Architecture, Crisis, and Critique
BySwati Chattopadhyay, Jeremy White

part I|2 pages


chapter 2|14 pages

Public Face and Private Space in the Design of Contemporary Houses

ByAlice T. Friedman

chapter 3|11 pages

Designs on Disaster

Humanitarianism and Contemporary Architecture
ByAndrew Herscher

chapter 4|10 pages

Architectures of Risk and Resiliency

“Embedded Security” in the Redesign of Sandy Hook Elementary School
ByRachel Hall

chapter 5|11 pages

When the Megaproject Meets the Village

Formal and Informal Urbanization in Southern China
ByMax Hirsh, Dorothy Tang

chapter 6|12 pages

After the Counter-monument

Commemoration in the Expanded Field
ByMechtild Widrich

part II|2 pages


chapter 7|9 pages

Architectures of Memory, Past and Future

ByAbby Smith Rumsey

chapter 8|11 pages

Life and Death in the Anthropocene

ByHeather Davis

chapter 9|11 pages

The Space of Relation

Body, Emotion, and Empathy in Architectural Experience
BySarah Robinson

chapter 10|15 pages


Body, Space, and Design
ByJeremy White

chapter 11|21 pages

Habit’s Remainder

ByAron Vinegar

chapter 12|23 pages

Ephemeral Architecture

Toward Radical Contingency
BySwati Chattopadhyay

part III|2 pages


chapter 13|12 pages

Inhabiting Ruins

The Ministry of Defense and the Limits of Occupation in Monrovia, Liberia
ByDanny Hoffman

chapter 14|12 pages

Border Architecture

Territories, Commons, and Breathing-Spaces
ByGeorge F. Flaherty

chapter 15|13 pages


Contemporary Environments of Autonomy, Necessity, and Control
ByCharlie Hailey

chapter 16|15 pages

Defensive Alterity in Contemporary Sri Lankan Architecture

ByAnoma Pieris

chapter 17|14 pages

Recasting the Ethnic Retail Street

Analyzing Contemporary Immigrant Architecture in the United States
ByArijit Sen

part IV|2 pages


chapter 18|13 pages

Obsolescence and Its Futures

ByDaniel M. Abramson

chapter 19|12 pages

Intelligent Architectural Settings

ByChristopher Beorkrem, Eric Sauda

chapter 20|14 pages

Future Architecture

Biohybrid Structures and Intelligent Materials
ByLjiljana Fruk, Veljko Armano Linta

chapter 21|17 pages

Networked Urbanism

Definition, Scholarship, Directions
ByT. F. Tierney

chapter 22|14 pages

The Architecture of Water

ByKaren Piper

part V|2 pages


chapter 23|8 pages

What Might Be

Re-describing Urbanscapes of the Global South
ByAbdouMaliq Simone

chapter 24|12 pages

Watching the City

A Genealogy of Media Urbanism
ByJoshua Neves

chapter 25|14 pages

The Singapore Flyer

View, Movement, Time, and Contemporaneity
ByIain Borden

chapter 26|14 pages


The Original Social Networking Site
ByCraig L. Wilkins

chapter 27|12 pages

Urchins in the Infrastructure

Building with Hedgehogs in the Multispecies City
ByLaura McLauchlan

chapter 28|10 pages

Unsettling Formal Power Systems

BySaskia Sassen

part VI|2 pages


chapter 29|12 pages

Is It Really that Bad?

The Status of Women in Architecture and the Gender Equity Movement
ByDespina Stratigakos

chapter 30|6 pages

Where is the Social Project? 1

ByKenny Cupers

chapter 31|12 pages


Unresolved Forms of Working Together in Contemporary Architectural Practice
BySony Devabhaktuni, Min Kyung Lee

chapter 32|19 pages


ByJeremy White

chapter 33|15 pages

A Eulogy for the Present

The Death of Architecture, c.2000 Exhibition
ByRohan Shivkumar

chapter 34|15 pages

Architects “Getting Real”

On Present-Day Professional Fictions
ByArindam Dutta