THE VERY TALL BUILDING THEORETICALLY CONSIDERED: ON VERTICAL ARCHITECTURE AND CAPITAL

Mariano Gomez Luque

Reading the skyscraper as a historically specific architectural formation, born within capitalism and evolving together with it, this project examines the rapidly changing concept and role, as well as the potential futures of the ‘very tall building’ vis-à-vis the political-economic context and the latent socioecological imaginaries of the contemporary urban world. The research proceeds through a critique of key late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries theoretical texts on the skyscraper, bringing together architectural theory, political economy, and science fiction in order to inquire into this architectural type’s recent and manifold spatial metamorphoses, illuminate its broader relations and entanglements with complex sociospatial processes, and excavate possibilities for radically other forms of vertical architecture to emerge against and beyond the historical horizon of capital.

Planned outcome:  doctoral dissertation, Harvard GSD

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