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Architecture of the post-nation state

Does architecture have the capacity to express a mission? Through the design of the quarters of an international organization (1000-2000m2), we will discuss the potential for architectural production in a global territory of multiple jurisdictions as a motivation to create an architecture that enhances common qualities.

International organizations are intrinsically linked to the birth of modernity. They were founded at the same time as the industrial revolution, modern technology, global capital and the dawn of rapid information flow. Regardless of this ongoing process of infiltrating boundaries and uniting poles, the wish for the definition of nation states seems to persist, even gain momentum, with cases like Brexit and the looming possibility of Grexit, Scottish Independence and other independence movements around the world.

Parallel to this, new migration patterns across the globe begin to raise questions about the mechanisms of citizenship, resulting in ever more subdivisions, discriminatory processes, and alienated communities. Thus, the goal of the project will be to develop an architectural language that is capable of addressing questions of identity and the complexities within which these organizations operate while creating a new arena for civic exchange.


Andrea Pinochet
Espen Vatn

Studio 4 / Vear 2
Mondays & Thursdays
1:30 – 4:30

Monash University
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