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01.03.2021
A GENERAL THEORY OF ISLANDS
Joshua Comaroff in conversation with Faiq Mari
The island is the territorial paradigm of the age. Increasingly, the border of the state is replicated at sites other than its perimeter, both beyond and within. Lines of disjunction and transformation appear at peripheral outposts, in cities, and in non-physical spaces. In this process appear zones of frightening potentiality, “un-places” that serve to explore the full potentials of illiberalism. I will discuss this through the example of Singapore’s self-creation, as an alternative to existing national models. This has not merely to do with land scarcity, but also with the imaginary of bounded space and boundless invention, an “intelligent island” that plays upon a long history of cultural fantasy. Through this case, I will discuss the particular role of the island in the aftermath of the internationalist world order—an archipelago of utopias, prisons, bubbles and exception zones, made of sand and silicon.
About the event:
The event is part of the lecture series
SESSIONS ON TERRITORY—URBANISM AS MATERIAL ACCUMULATION
MATERIALS

4 – 6 pm
Online
https://ethz.zoom.us/j/95007725252

CONCEPT AND REALISATION
Chair of Architecture and Territorial Planning
Prof. Milica Topalovic
Hans Hortig

in collaboration with
Assistant Professor of Urban Design, Harvard GSD
Prof. Dr. Charlotte Malterre-Barthes

GRAPHIC DESIGN
Goda Budvytyte

ORGANISATION
Hans Hortig

Image Credit: Charles Lim, Sea State 9: Proclamation.