Andrés Jaque & Anna-Maria Meister
ARCH+ features 29: On Architecture's Agency



25 September 14


Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation: Couch City
Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation: Couch City


Hosted by the Berlin-based magazine, ARCH+ FEATURES is a series of guest presentations by leading architects, urban planners, and architecture scholars focusing on discourses of contemporary architecture and urbanism.

Andrés Jaque's Office for Political Innovation, winner of the Silver Lion at this year's Biennale di Venezia Architettura, understands architecture as "technologically produced society." In his office and design studios at Columbia University and Princeton University, Andrés Jaque analyzes and designs spatial phenomena as manifestations of political and social structures. For him, architecture is a tool of research and a medium of critique. Andrés Jaque will present the various scales of his work, spanning performative projects like Ikea Disobedients or Superpowers of Ten, interior concepts like Tupper Homes, actual buildings like House in Never Never Land or Plasencia Clergy House, urban interventions like Escaravox or urban studies like Sales Oddity for the Biennale di Venezia Architettura. After the presentation, Anna-Maria Meister will engage Andrés Jaque in a conversation focused on the critical and aesthetic agency of architecture and the role of a politically engaged architectural education.