John Whiteman

John Whiteman is the Director of the Chicago Institute for Architecture and Urbanism.

  • Strategies in Architectural Thinking

    Strategies in Architectural Thinking

    Richard Burdett, Jeffrey Kipnis, and John Whiteman

    The authors of these original essays - emerging architectural and cultural critics and practitioners - are engaged in the act of writing back at architecture, heralding the prospect of new conditions, possibilities, and purposes of practice. Tying their work together is the idea that architecture and architectural thinking are inextricably cultural in construction and effect. The essayists suggest that the once supposed autonomy of architecture is an illusion, at best a suspect quality, at worst a mask on a series of transactions and false stabilities that architecture ensures in a culture. Each writer depicts certain operations of power in architecture, aiming the line of a text against it or threading the written line through architecture.

    Essays Architecture Gender Philosophy, Ann Bergren • Minor Architectural Possibilities, Jennifer Bloomer • Intimacy and Spectacle, Beatriz Colomina • Inscribing the Subject of Modernism: The Posthumanist Theory of Ludwig Hilbersiemer, Michael Hays • The Burdens of Linearity, Catherine Ingraham • Forms of Irrationality, Jeffrey Kipnis • Spatial Narratives, Mark Rakatansky • Frank Lloyd Wright at the Midway, Robert Segrest • Do You See What I Mean? John Whiteman • Translations of Architecture: The Production of Babel, Mark Wigley • Body Troubles, Robert McAnulty • Architectural Theory is No Disciplines, Mark Linder • "Being and Nothinness," Doug Graf

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  • Divisible by 2

    Divisible by 2

    John Whiteman

    Divisible by 2 documents an architectural experiment by John Whiteman that articulates the preoccupations and concerns of the current generation of architectural and cultural theorists and practitioners. It investigates questions of embodiment, signification, visual perception and physical experience developed in a square pavilion that was erected in Austria as part of the Geburt einer Haupstadt (Birth of a Capital) exhibition. Integrating the text with images and drawings of the building, Divisible by 2 reveals the project's philosophical concerns and explains the design processes. John Hejduk's commentary establishes a dialogue with the project, acting as a critical counterpoint to text and images. More specifically, Divisible by 2 explores the cross-relationships between building, image, and word. Partly inspired by Jacques Lacan's depiction of a figure of two doors, one marked for men, the other for women, in his writings on the "agency of the letter in the unconscious," Whiteman's pavilion marks the architecture of human and sexual difference.

    John Whiteman is the Director of the Chicago Institute for Architecture and Urbanism.

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