Protest Architecture: Barricades, Camps, Spatial Tactics 1830–2023 (Paperback)

Protest Architecture: Barricades, Camps, Spatial Tactics 1830–2023 By Oliver Elser (Editor), Anna-Maria Mayerhofer (Editor), Sebastian Hackenschmidt (Editor), Jennifer Dyck (Editor), Lilli Hollein (Editor), Peter Cachola Schmal (Editor) Cover Image

Protest Architecture: Barricades, Camps, Spatial Tactics 1830–2023 (Paperback)


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An encyclopedia of protest movements of 190 years and their architectural manifestations.

Protest movements shape public space not only through their messages but in many cases also through their mostly temporary buildings. Frankfurt’s Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM and Vienna’s MAK—Museum of Applied Arts explore this thesis in a joint exhibition project. The exhibition and this coinciding book examine the topic further using examples spanning from 1830 to 2022.

Protest Architecture is the first international survey of the architecture of protest and presents it in all its manifold forms and, in some cases, ambivalence. It is conceived as an encyclopedia with 176 entries, supplemented by 16 expansive case studies. A preceding chronology portrays 68 protest movements and their architectural manifestations through concise texts and one image each, including examples from all over the world.
Oliver Elser is a curator.

Anna-Maria Mayerhofer is a member of the curatorial team at Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM in Frankfurt.

Sebastian Hackenschmidt is a curator at Vienna’s MAK—Museum of Applied Arts.

Lilli Hollein is the director at Vienna’s MAK—Museum of Applied Arts.

Peter Cachola Schmal is the director at Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM in Frankfurt.
Product Details ISBN: 9783038603344
ISBN-10: 3038603341
Publisher: Park Books
Publication Date: January 17th, 2024
Pages: 528
Language: English
"The book's first 80 pages retrace a chronological history of protests and their temporary architectures, from 1830 to 2022. This section is presented in numerous chunks of a half-dozen images, all full-bleed and most of them turned 90 degrees, followed by a page of captions, in German and English. These brief texts reference entries in the a-to-z lexicon, with at least one describing the protest in more detail and others pointing to terms that are integral to the architectural aspects of protests, such as barricades, bricks, cobblestones, and even fire. Thirteen of the lexical entries serve as lengthy, multipage case studies, complete with drawings and other in-line illustrations and more full-bleed photographs. . . a highly informative reference . . .  Clearly a book for learning, not for leisure."
— A Weekly Dose of Architecture