ABSTRACT

Post-political described as an optimistic view of globalization characterized by a consensual form of democracy, forms an anti-political vision which refuses to acknowledge the antagonistic dimension constitutive of the political. According to the agonistic approach, critical art is art that foments dissensus that makes visible what the dominant consensus tends to obscure and obliterate. Chantal Mouffe's views on the post-political as well as her concept of an agonistic public sphere seem to provide a promising tool for analyzing not only art, but also architecture. The need for architectural icons seems especially visible in countries and regions not considered to be the core part of the Western world, especially in those undergoing significant political changes. Architecture is sensitive to sociopolitical issues is perhaps particularly visible in so-called peripheral regions, especially in ones where significant changes occur. Architecture not only reflects broad social, cultural and political changes, but is also treated as one of its accelerators.