With the rise of right-wing populist, anti-liberal and authoritarian political alternatives, architecture has also attracted the attention of right-wing ragers. The innocent-sounding word “metapolitics” has become a key term here. The German right-wing publisher Götz Kubitschek, for example, uses it to mean the extended field “of words, of thought, of style, of books, magazines, and events, of the habitual and the auratic”—a field that in his view needs fundamentally changing, in the interests of a cultural revolution coming from the right. Stephan Trüby will give a critical overview of the architectural metapolitics pursued by identitarian and alt-right movements internationally.
The lecture will be followed by a conversation with Something Fantastic and Charlotte Malterre-Barthes.
Stephan Trüby is professor of architectural and cultural theory at the Technical University of Munich. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London. His academic career has involved stints as visiting professor of architecture at the Karlsruhe University of Art and Design (2007–09), director of the postgraduate spatial design programme at the Zurich University of the Arts (2009–14) and lecturer at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University (2012–14). He was research director of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 and is a regular contributor to the magazine ARCH+.
Something Fantastic is a young architectural practice committed to smart, touching, simple architecture. Its works include publications (Something Fantastic, Building Brazil, e.g.) teaching (ETH Zurich, e.g.) and design for private and institutional clients.
Charlotte Malterre-Barthes is an architect and urban designer. She is involved in research and teaching at the chair of Prof. Dr. Marc Angélil since 2011, and is currently completing a doctoral degree on Food and Territories, with Egypt as case study. She directed the cycle on Egypt (2014–16) of the MAS in Urban Design, investigating formal and informal urban dynamics of Cairo.