Language of Architecture

Maria Kaika

Excerpt from Kaika, M (2011) Autistic architecture: the fall of the icon and the rise of the serial object of architecture. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 29: 968-992

The language of architecture is more than just the signifier and the narrativisation of the instituted power of a corporation, a state, a church, or a city. It is also a means of constituting this symbolic authority as real, a means of teaching society what to desire and how to desire it.

This logic goes beyond asserting architecture as central for sustaining the socio-political fantasy of each historical epoch; it also depicts architecture as a totem, a performative entity for constituting new authority or new social relations as real or naturalised.