Buildings. Politics. Space. Both kinds.
When After Corbu is about anything — and, let’s face facts, as a blog done on spec, it’s typically about whatever strikes my fancy on a given day — it is about examining architecture as a continuation of politics by other means. Yes, at one level that means land use policy, public housing, and gentrification — and sometimes I even talk about those things, exciting subjects that they are.
But more broadly, architecture of any scale is political — it is a series of choices about how people should interact and what they should be provided. Often designers claim no responsibility for the impacts of these choices, considering them to be the client’s exclusive scope. They envision themselves as pure artists or scientists, removed from the ideological scrum and committed only to their craft. I find that position to be ignorant and potentially dangerous.
I started this blog in 2007 as I was finishing engineering school and contemplating my impending career with anxiety. You see, I was never planning on hawking calculations for a living. I was going to stage a revolution. Or a general strike. Or a medium-sized riot, at the very least. But it turns out I don’t like organizing nearly as much as physics.
So now I am a newfangled structural engineer in Los Angeles, designing buildings and trying to figure out how to integrate my radical politics with my conservative profession — a synthesis currently restricted to the confines of this blog.
If you want to know more about me, my posts are littered with personal information and if you need to talk, email me: quixote [at] aftercorbu.com