Anarchitecture

Anarchy: a state of disorder due to absence or non-recognition of authority or other controlling systems. (Oxford.)

Following similar concepts, the notion of “Anarchitecture,” introduced by Gordon Matta-Clark, is one that remains politically, socially, and theoretically challenging. In the times of global political flux, it seems obvious that one would hope to indulge in ideas that explore tensions and conflicts that are an integral part of the current built environment. With that in mind, we invited our contributors to articulate their perspective on the contemporary spaces of “Anarchitecture.”

While provocative questions and celebration of expression lay within the very framework of Anarchy, it has become increasingly crucial to investigate architecture in terms of its relationship to the Anarchic forces that revel within it. “Is Anarchy inherent to anarchitecture?”