The Architecture of Neoliberalism

The Architecture of Neoliberalism : How Contemporary Architecture Became an Instrument of Control and Compliance

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  • Format: Paperback | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 156 x 234 x 12.7mm | 394g
  • Publication date: 08 Jul 2017
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
  • Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations note: 30 B&W illus
  • ISBN10: 1472581512
  • ISBN13: 9781472581518
  • Bestsellers rank: 54,897

The Architecture of Neoliberalism pursues an uncompromising critique of the neoliberal turn in contemporary architecture. This book reveals how a self-styled parametric and post-critical architecture serves mechanisms of control and compliance while promoting itself, at the same time, as progressive. Spencer's incisive analysis of the architecture and writings of figures such as Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher, Rem Koolhaas, and Greg Lynn shows them to be in thrall to the same notions of liberty as are propounded in neoliberal thought.
Analysing architectural projects in the fields of education, consumption and labour, The Architecture of Neoliberalism examines the part played by contemporary architecture in refashioning human subjects into the compliant figures - student-entrepreneurs, citizen-consumers and team-workers - requisite to the universal implementation of a form of existence devoted to market imperatives.