20 x 26 cm
Der Juni ist Pride-Monat. Feiert mit der jüngsten Ausgabe der archithese Freiheit, Vielfalt und Queerness auch in der Architektur.
In a special issue four years ago, archithese was the first German-language architecture magazine to tackle the problem of “too few women in leading positions in architecture”. Since then, additional black holes in the discourse have attracted our attention ever more overtly. They may exert less gravity, but they are so much deeper and darker. We have decided to use our publication to focus attention on other large disadvantaged groups within the architecture profession: LGBT*QI+, foreigners and migrants, as well as people with physical and psychological deviations from the “norm”. We intend this issue to be the second installment in a series that will hopefully grow over the coming years into an emancipatory quartet. The Queer issue puts LGBT*QI+ people in the spotlight – it addresses their problems, asserts demands and seeks first and foremost to make a statement; denouncing injustices against queer people worldwide – from violence and criminalization in general as the worst form of discrimination, to everyday experiences of homo- and transphobia, pay inequality and lack of parity as they pertain specifically to architecture. 1,2 billion individuals are estimated to be among the many LGBT*QI+ people worldwide, which corresponds to 14 percent of the Earth’s population – but the real figure is probably even higher. Moreover, if my own surroundings are any indicator at all, then a disproportionately high number of gays and lesbians work in architecture. Yet at the top levels of firms and in the professorships at universities, they are alarmingly underrepresented. Or maybe they are there but hide their sexuality from the public. If so, why is it (still) that way? Why are they still hesitant to reveal themselves in a professional setting? Especially considering that the architectural community usually boasts of being liberal and cosmopolitan. Evidently, the climate is indeed not one in which someone would blithely self-identify as queer, let alone expose themself to a broader public. But these are just “perceived facts”. Until now, no one but Architects’ Journal has even tried to ascertain figures on the LGBT*QI+ situation in architecture. That alone speaks volumes. And in the German-language discourse on architecture, readers can find almost nothing about queerness – neither from, nor about an LGBT*QI+ viewpoint. Even the queers on architecture editorial teams remain annoyingly silent. But it is not just about architecture as a workplace. We urgently need to question our built environment: Does it take queer needs seriously? Hardly; urban design and residential construction are mostly the work of heterosexuals. Consciously or unconsciously, they apply their normative ideas to everything. It is time to ask: What kind of built environment does the more than 14 queer percent of the population want? But this topic does not boil down to merely a political issue and a demand for more and better-suited spaces for queers. Viewed more abstractly, queering can be understood as a creative method and offers a rich methodological toolbox for design in general. This latest issue of our magazine therefore focuses on the architectural potentials that can unfold through a discourse on genders that deviate from the heterosexual norm.In the English-speaking world, a lot on this subject was already formulated in the 1990s. We reflect on that discourse but also examine the present-day debate. When seen at first blush from the heteronormative perspective, queering might represent arbitrariness and excess, but other, more fruitful aspects can be found as soon as one digs deeper: the act of freeing oneself from normative bonds is about liberties, multiple readabilities, niches and the shifting of boundaries. Queering can help us to understand architecture not as a static construct, but as a performative act. So much for setting the stage. The nine essays by our (almost exclusively queer) authors offer extensive insights into the subject. And now: curtains up for for (a more) queer architecture!
Jørg HimmelreichEditor-in-chief of archithese
Queering Architecture(Un)Making Places | Éloïse Choquette
Queerschlagen und Durchstarten!Ein Selbstgespräch | Jørg Himmelreich
Unbuilding GenderTrans* Anarchitectures in and Beyond the Work of Gordon Matta-Clark | Jack Halberstam
Das Coming-Out der ArchitekturLGTBQ+ Architekt*innen sollten weltweit endlich out, loudund proud sein! | Uwe Bresan
Liebe ist ein Menschenrecht!Über Schwierigkeiten bei der Flucht von LSBT*QI+ vor Gefängnis, Folter und Ermordung | Mengia Tschalaer
Investigative ArchitekturDas Office for Political Innovation und die verborgenen Narrationen der Architektur | Leonie Charlotte Wagner
Queer Space ReconsideredWhat Is Queer (About) Architecture? | Aaron Betsky
Queer Nature?A Post-Anthropocene View on Plants and People | Céline Baumann
Never Trust the Decor.Architecture has the Power to Alter our Ways of Living. | Katarina Bonnevier
Thementeil LichtBaden im Tageslicht
Und mit Kunstwerken vonEdie Fake, Cassils, Louise Bourgeois, David Wojnarowicz, Office for Political Innovation, Aykut Dağ, Céline Baumann und Gilbert & George