January 28, 2015

"The City as a Project" lead by Pier Vittorio Aureli @ Architectural Association, London.


Architecture of Immaterial Labour

Administrating and networking are perhaps the most paradigmatic examples of a work form that has been closely connected to the radical reorganization of European societies since the 1950s and 1960s. Its rise to dominance involved an increased outsourcing of work processes, the popularization of cybernetic ideas for a new horizontal organization of society, and its promise of a new way of living together beyond despotic or disciplinary regimes. It was accompanied by the implementation of automats and calculating machines and the feasible utopia of leisure society.

The seminar discusses three significant architectural examples of the 1950s and 1960s in which the emergence of this new labor paradigm and the consequences for the architectural practice become visible:

  1. the Bürolandschaft
  2. Hans Hollein’s Mobile Office and
  3. John Lennon’s and Yoko Ono’s Bed-In Performance.