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Protest architecture - barricades, camps, expansive tactics 1830-2023

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Edited by: Oliver Elser, Anna-Maria Mayerhofer, Sebastian Hackenschmidt, Jennifer Dyck, Lilli Hollein, Peter Cachola Schmal.

Protest movements shape public space not only through their messages, but in many cases also through their - mostly temporary - buildings. The German Architecture Museum DAM in Frankfurt and the MAK - Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna are pursuing this thesis in an exhibition project funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. The topic is discussed using numerous examples from the last 170 years. For the first time, various forms of protest are systematically compared from a structural perspective, including the barricades of the 1848 revolution, the stilt houses of the anti-nuclear power movement in Gorleben (1980), the tent cities of the Arab Spring (2011), and the tree houses in Hambacher and Dannenröder Forst (2018/19) or the fluid, laser-based light spaces of the demonstrators in Hong Kong (2019). Protest Architecture, designed as a lexicon with around 170 entries and 14 longer case studies, is the first international inventory of the architecture of protest and presents it in all its diversity and sometimes ambivalence. The preceding chronology portrays around 50 protest movements and their architectural manifestations on one page and with one illustration.

Accompanies the exhibition PROTEST/ARCHITECTURE
Barricades, camps, superglue
An exhibition by the DAM – German Architecture Museum, Frankfurt am Main, and the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna (February 14th – August 25th, 2024)

Park Books, 2023
German/English, format 17 x 11 cm
528 pages, various colored illustrations


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