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  • Marouane Ben Belfort, WIP Office

    Nuykuln. Berlin's quarter and its Arab and Turkish…

  • Clara Herrmann, Elise Misao Hunchuck,…

    The Al Anarchies Book

  • Laurenz Berger, Barbara Weber

    Zukunft Bestand. Ökosoziale Transformation von…

  • Nitin Bathla (Ed.)

    Researching Otherwise. Pluriversal Methodologies for…

  • Laura Gardner, Jeppe Uggelvig (Hg)

    Viscose Journal 06: TEXT

  • Carolin Genz, Olaf Schnur, Jürgen Aring…

    WohnWissen. 100 Begriffe des Wohnens

  • Richard Evans

    Listening to the Music the Machines Make. Inventing…

  • Anna Beckers, Gunther Teubner

    Digitale Aktanten, Hybride, Schwärme. Drei Haftungsregime…

  • Justine Blau

    Justine Blau. Veil of Nature

  • Eduarda Neves

    Minor Bestiary. Time and Labyrinth in Contemporary Art

  • Kirsten Angermann, Hans-Rudolf Meier,…

    Denkmal Postmoderne. Bestände einer (un)geliebten Epoche

  • dérive

    dérive N° 96, Antimodern, antidemokratisch, revisionistisch…

  • Arch+ Zeitschrift für Architektur und…

    Arch+ 256. Umbau. Ansätze der Transformation

  • Martino Gamper

    100 Chairs in 100 Days in Its 100 Ways

  • Paul O'Neill (Ed.)

    Not Going It Alone. Collective Curatorial Curating

  • Olivia Broome

    Brutalist Plants

  • Lucy Lippard

    I See / You Mean. A Novel

  • Ruth Catlow, Penny Rafferty (eds.)

    Radical Friends. Decentralised Autonomous Organisations and…

  • Loretta Napoleoni

    Technocapitalism. The Rise of the New Robber Barons and the…

  • Ben Murphy

    Ears to the Ground. Adventures in Field Recording &…

  • Justin Patrick Moore

    The Radio Phonics Laboratory. Telecommunications, Speech…

  • Alexander Kühne

    Der Jugendclub Extrem. Lugau 1984 - 1994

  • Ruth Buchanan, Fiona McGovern

    Scores for Transformation (A conversation). Ruth Buchanan,…

  • Carey Jewitt, Sara Price

    Digital Touch

  • Mark Coeckelbergh

    Why AI Undermines Democracy and What To Do About It

  • Peter Godfrey-Smith

    Metazoa. Die Geburt des Geistes aus dem Leben der Tiere

  • OFFICE and Tom Muratore

    The Politics of Public Space: Volume Five

  • Fanny Chiarello

    Basta Now. Women, Trans & Non-binary in Experimental…

  • &beyond collective for Theatrum…

    Sonic Urbanism: Listening to Non-Human Life

  • Croatian Architects' Association

    Designing in Coexistence - Reflections on Systemic Change

  • Anastasia Khodyreva, Elina Suoyrjö

    Aquatic Encounters. A Glossary of Hydrofeminisms

  • Yancey Strickler, The Dark Forest…

    The Dark Forest Anthology of the Internet

  • Patrick McGraw, Heavy Traffic

    Heavy Traffic Issue IV

  • Alexander Kluge

    Der Konjunktiv der Bilder. Meine Virtuelle Kamera (K.I.)

  • Sara Zeller, Evelyn Steiner (Hg.)

    Design für Alle? Inklusive Gestaltung heute

  • Arturo Escobar, Michal Osterweil, Kriti…

    Relationality. An Emergent Politics of Life Beyond the Human

  • Kim Dovey et. al.

    Atlas of Informal Settlement. Understanding Self-Organized…

  • Claire Bishop

    Disordered Attention. How We Look at Art and Performance…

  • Philip Widmann

    Film Undone – Elements of a Latent Cinema

  • McKenzie Wark


  • Aruna D’Souza

    Imperfect Solidarities

  • Sandra Hofmeister

    Architektur und Klimawandel. 20 Interviews zur Zukunft des…

  • Gerry Leonidas (Ed.)

    Designing type revivals. Handbook for a historical approach…

  • Jochen Becker, Anna Schäffler, Simon…

    Glossar Urbane Praxis. Auf dem Weg zu einem Mannifest /…

  • Cyril Béghin (Ed.)

    Chantal Akerman. Oeuvre écrite et parlée

  • Hansjörg Gadient

    Spielraum. Kindergerechte Freiräume planen und bauen

  • Diamond Schmitt Architects

    Set Pieces. Architecture for the Performing Arts in Fifteen…

  • Roberto Gargiani, ed.

    Simple Architecture: Villa Baizeau in Carthage by Le…

  • Leonhard Laupichler, Sophia Brinkgerd (…

    New Aesthetic 1. A Collection of Experimental and…

  • Martin Mosch

    Die typografische Komposition

  • Vera Egbers, Christa Kamleithner, Özge…

    Architectures of Colonialism

  • Anna-Maria Meister, Teresa Fankhänel,…

    Are You a Model? On an Architectural Medium of Spatial…

  • Gilbert Simondon, Emmanuel Alloa (Hg.)

    Imagination und Invention

  • Philipp Schönthaler

    Wie rationale Maschinen romantisch wurden

  • Artemy Magun

    The Temptation of Non-Being: Negativity in Aesthetics

  • Nicolas Uphaus

    Frei. Selbstständig arbeiten als Designer (2. überarb.…

  • Anne Querrien, Brigitta Kuster (Hg.)

    Maschinen | Gefüge | Karten

  • Sabine Nuss

    Wessen Freiheit, welche Gleichheit? Das Versprechen einer…

  • Legacy Russell

    Black Meme. A History of The Images That Make Us

  • Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Hal Foster

    Exit Interview. Benjamin Buchloh in conversation with Hal…

  • Gabriel Catren

    Pleromatica, or Elsinore's Trance

  • You Can Sit With Us

    You Can Sit With Us - 24/7

  • Rainald Goetz


  • Johann Braun

    Stadt von Rechts. Über Brennpunkte und Ordnungsversuche

  • Domitilla Dardi

    Playgrounding. The playground as a symbolic form of society…

  • Paolo Pileri, Christina Renzoni, Paola…

    Piazze Scolastiche / School squares. Reinventing the…

  • e-flux

    e-flux Index 1

  • Kim Förster

    Building Institution. The Institute for Architecture and…

  • Michael Marder

    The Phoenix Complex. A Philosophy of Nature

  • Florian Heilmeyer, Sandra Hofmeister

    Umbau Architektur in Flandern. Architecture of…

  • Andrea Baier, Christa Müller, Karin…

    Unterwegs in die Stadt der Zukunft. Urbane Gärten als Orte…

  • Paul Wood (ed.)

    Biting the Hand. Traces of Resistance in the Art &…

  • Sezgin Boynik, Taneli Viitahuhta (eds.)

    Free Jazz Communism.

  • Slavoj Žižek, Rastko Močnik, Zoja Skušek

    Punk Suprematism. Theoretical Writings on Punk, Nation,…

  • Naomi Keena, Avi Friedman

    Sustainable Housing in a Circular Economy

  • Karel Teige

    The Marketplace of Art. 2 Volumes

  • Lodown Magazine

    Lodown Magazine: Sound

  • Lukas Feireiss (ed.)

    Parasite 2.0: Collective Keywords

  • Riccardo Badano, Tomas Percival, Susan…

    Militant Media. Centre for Research Architecture 2

  • Kyle Booten, D. Graham Burnett, Brian…

    The Virtual Sentence: A Book of Exercises

  • Exhibition Politics. Die documenta und die DDR

  • Karsten Krampitz

    Pogrom im Scheunenviertel. Antisemitismus in der Weimarer…

  • Thomas Irmer

    René Pollesch – Arbeit. Brecht. Cinema. Interviews und…

  • Işil Eğrikavuk

    Global Protests Through Art. collaboration, co-creation,…

  • Felix Sommer, SB5ÜNF

    Beton & Nicht Beton

  • Julia Schulz-Dornburg

    The Complete Guide to Combat City

  • Dorothee Albrecht

    Assemblages of the Future

  • Sam Ashby (ed.)

    Little Joe: A book about queers and cinema, mostly

  • Jürg Graser, Astrid Staufer, Christian…

    Architektur Klima Atlas. Klimabewusst entwerfen in…

  • Charlotte Malterre-Barthes

    On Architecture and Greenwashing. The Political Economy of…

  • Judith Hopf

    Judith Hopf. Énergies

  • Marcus Steinweg, Sonja Dierks


  • Onur Erdur

    Schule des Südens. Die kolonialen Wurzeln der französischen…

  • Michael Marder, Giovanbattista Tusa (…

    Contemporanea. A Glossary for the Twenty-First Century

  • dérive

    dérive N° 95, Sampler (Apr-Jun 2024). Zeitschrift für…

  • Vladimir Guculak, Paul Bourel

    Sh*tscapes. 100 Mistakes in Landscape Architecture

  • Fulya İLBEY


  • Alan Smart, Jack Henrie Fisher (ed.)

    Counter-Signals 5. Systems and their Discontents

Agonistic Assemblies. On the Spatial Politics of Horizontality

This anthology presents work on cultures of assembly. It stresses the relevance of small-scale and decentralized spatial formats of local knowledge production to community building and embedded political decision-making in the context of the socio-ecological transition. It reinforces the role of both individual and collective action while proposing distributed assembly and proximity as core attributes in the production of the contemporary and future city. It calls for a revised form of spatial politics.

Miessen's ongoing research trajectory Cultures of Assembly was initially kicked off during a Harvard GSD fellowship in collaboration with Joseph Grima, in which the two architects investigated the sociopolitical dimension of (urban) spatial design. Observing the Kuwaiti cultural and social landscape with a specific interest in the politico-spatial phenomenon of Diwaniya, this distributed urban form of para-institutional assembly established a starting point for a long-term body of research.

Diwaniya can be understood and interpreted in multiple ways. Beyond a techno-futuristic idea of progress, it presents a showcase of an alternative that attempts to imagine a model of a (more) solidary city. On the scale of a city, and in fact small country, it interrogates how we—as a society—can learn from and produce alternative formats of physical exchange, working towards realistic scenarios of decentralized decision-making and spatial justice.

Agonistic Assemblies asks: how can spaces—both physical and virtual—be envisaged to create publics? How is collectivity and society being generated spatially and in terms of policy? How do we “practice” society as a bodily, spatial form, and how does this practice contribute to spatial justice? Are there specific spatial settings that can intensify these practices? What kind of spatial design can we imagine as platforms for change?

Central to this project is the reflecting on and rendering of the underlying driving forces of informal institution building at the interface of agonistic (urban) spatial politics—in a global political climate facing what Mark Fisher famously framed as “capitalist realism” in conjunction with the social-ecological transition while, arguably, also facing a crisis of imagination.

This project articulates a curatorial impetus towards urban policy making in conjunction with spatial proximity as a tool to mediate between the individual, the collective, the neighborhood, the city, state politics, and society at large. If we understand assembly as a form of spatial gathering, and the bonfire as the prehistoric space of assembly, what constitutes its contemporary equivalent?

Markus Miessen (Ed.)
Agonistic Assemblies. On the Spatial Politics of Horizontality
Sternberg Press, 2024, 978-1-915609-14-4