In his talk, Douglas Spencer considers the contemporary transformation of the city into a place of unrestrained adaptation to economic demands. This essentially neoliberal development was first articulated in the avant-garde architecture of the 1960s and 70s and has been accompanied by a progressive discourse featuring terms such as accessibility, mobility and servicing. Taking the example of the Centre Pompidou as his starting point, the design of which already aimed to elicit post-political practices such as consumer participation and user-feedback, Spencer makes visible the effects of platform urbanism on the spaces of the city.  

Douglas Spencer is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Education at Iowa State University’s Department of Architecture, and author of The Architecture of Neoliberalism (2016) and Critique of Architecture: Selected Essays (forthcoming, 2020). His writing has been published in Harvard Design Magazine, Radical Philosophy, e-flux, Log, New Geographies, The Avery Review, Architecture and Culture and Volume, and in collections such as This Thing Called Theory (2016), Architecture and Feminisms (2017), Landscape and Agency (2017) and Architecture and Affect after Deleuze (forthcoming 2020).  

Karoline Mayer, Az W
Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer, Centre for Global Architecture  

Lecture and discussion
Douglas Spencer, Iowa State University
Bernadette Krejs, TU Wien  

Following the discussion all those attending will be invited to gather in the Podium for a glass of wine provided by Bioweingut Lenikus.

For organisational reasons we would ask all those attending to register beforehand:

25 November 2019, 19:00
Architekturzentrum Wien – Podium,
Museumsplatz 1,
1070 Vienna
Event held in English
Admission free
Supported by:
Az W
University of Applied Arts Vienna
TUW / Faculty of Architecture and Planning
Hotel Lamée
Hotel Topazz
Bioweingut Lenikus Wien
Platform Austria
Biennale di Venezia 2020