The political significance of architecture has been commonly explored in relation to the spatial performance of the citizens; forums, agoras, squares and streets are the best examples of such spaces. In this regard, a political architecture is almost equivalent to public architecture or public space, where citizenship would be first defined and then exercised. Architecture has the potential to enable these relationships between the individuals, the territory and the lawgiving power.
When life itself becomes a political project, any distinction between the concepts of living and political action ceases to exist. This erodes the strict division between public and private space, between the space of living and space of political action. Consequently the practice of citizenship is not anymore limited to the city but also flourishes within the interiors of the domestic spaces.
An architect and educator, Hamed Khosravi will talk about Tehran as a paradigmatic case of the phenomenon of merging of private and political space. He will elaborate on how the house can be the place where all the economic, political, social, theological and class conflicts are deployed.
Khosravi is an architect, writer and educator. He received his PhD, ‘The City as a Project’, at TU Delft/ Berlage Institute. He teaches architecture at Oxford Brookes University and TU Delft, regularly curates exhibitions, events and publications with Behemoth Press, a think-tank about architecture, knowledge and power.