Architectural Transgression

Bechir Kenzari

Published in Architecture & Violence, 2011

When the role of the architect is assumed by the ruler, both parties enter into a relation that puts the issue of authorship into question.

The architect, the one who actually designs and conducts the building operation, is bound from the start to a fate that denies him/her the possibility of expressing anything, but the commissioner’s architectural fantasies. Inevitably, any transgression is to trigger a vindictive mechanism.

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