ARCH+ features 29: Andrés Jaque
Architect and author Anna-Maria Meister is currently completing her PhD at Princeton University in New Jersey on the issue of norm and normalization in architecture.

In the video, she expands on the question of how details such as a door latch which may seem small and insignificant at first glance can take on a social dimension and make a political statement.
Andrés Jaque's Office for Political Innovation, which was awarded the Silver Lion at this year's Architecture Biennial for its research project "Sales Oddity", views architecture as a "technologically produced society".
Both in Jaque's Bureau and in his design classes, spatial phenomena are analysed and designed as manifestations of political and social structures. Architecture serves both as an analytical tool and as a medium of critique.

> Jaque's lecture on examples of political architecture.
Meister's much acclaimed joint project "Radical Pedagogies ACTION – REACTION – INTERACTION" was the recipient of a Special Mention Award at the 14th Architecture Biennial in Venice.
In conversation: Anna-Maria Meister talks to Andrés Jaque about the critical and aesthetic potential of architecture. What is made visible, and how? Who can be said to have a spatial presence in society, and how is this implemented in technological and aesthetic terms?

And most importantly: What is the role of politically engaged discipline-based architectural education in this day and age?
Well attended: The event in the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in the Scheunenviertel district of Berlin's city centre.
All pictures courtesy of: David von Becker
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