Tom Avermaete
Delft University of Technology – Faculty of Architecture

 

ABSTRACT
Claims on critical positions in architecture are common ground in contemporary practice and reflection. This article probes into the critical capacity of the architectural project by returning to the notion of ‘typological criticism’ that Manfredo Tafuri introduced, as well as to the concept of the ‘semi-autonomy’ of architecture as theoretized by Louis Althusser. The article argues that the criticality of the architectural project resides in its mediation between autonomous and heteronomous aspects and proceeds through the entity of the architectural type.

KEY WORDS
architecture, criticism, critical architectural project, typological criticism, semi-autonomy of architecture, Manfredo Tafuri, Louis Althusser

 

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SAJ Vol. 3, 2011, No. 3