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CROSSBENCHING: TOWARD A PARTICIPATION AS CRITICAL SPATIAL PRACTICE. Markus Miessen. Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 112 pp. 17 x 10 cm. ISBN 9783956792205 In English.
Publisher's description: Following the publication of architect/theorist Markus Miessen's hugely successful The Nightmare of Participation, on the politics of participatory practices in architecture, spatial practices and art, and the initiation of the popular pocket series Critical Spatial Practice, comes his timely new book engaging the ethics and politics of practice, Crossbenching. Following over a decade of theoretical research, the small softcover publication focuses on Miessen's own architecture "platform," Studio Miessen, in which he reapproaches the question of authorship in the context of a studio practice. Proposing a more discursive approach, he acknowledges the need for "an independent actor with a conscience" to navigate the conflicts, negotiation and maneuvers among the multiplicity of agents, both human (architects, clients, financiers and builders) and nonhuman (silicon, plastic, concrete and so on), that is architecture. Instead of using project-teams or working within the typical structure of an architecture office, however, Miessen assembled working groups incorporating "outsiders" on the theory that architecture and space-making is a collective set of interrelations crystalizing a form of civitas.
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