Architecture and Micropolitics
Four Projects by Farshid Moussavi Architecture, 2010–2020
Farshid Moussavi

Foreword by Jacques Rancière.
Photographs by Stephen Gil.


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Architecture and Micropolitics explores the interaction of architecture and society, demonstrated through important buildings by Farshid Moussavi Architecture. The author deconstructs here two widespread prejudices: that architects nowadays are no longer important for the overall construction process, and that design is a linear process with a fully formed architectonic vision from the outset.

Contemporary Architecture, Monograph
Farshid Moussavi, a renowned architect and professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, shows how the specific character of contemporary architecture involves enriching the pragmatic aspect of creating architecture with random elements and subjective factors, in order to achieve the potential for changing our circumstances and the architecture that surrounds us. Thus, the micropolitics of our everyday lives becomes the basis for our built architecture. Moussavi illustrates this process with the help of four of her buildings from the last decade. They are presented through hundreds of photos, drawings, and sketches, and discussed in an essay. New photos of the four buildings have been taken by the celebrated British photographer Stephen Gill, whose creative work combines documentary, experimental, and conceptual approaches. Also featuring a preface by French philosopher Jacques Rancière, Architecture and Micropolitics is an astonishing book for all those who are interested in the interaction between architecture and society.

Farshid Moussavi, born 1965 in Shiraz (Iran), is an internationally acclaimed architect and Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design. She founded Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA) in 2011 following the demerger of Foreign Office Architects (FOA) which she co-founded in 1993. Her previoius books include The Function of Ornament (2008), The Function of Form (2009), and The Function of Style (2015).


850 color, 150 b/w

500 pages, 1000 illustrations
Paperback, 22x33 cm
Park Books, 1st edition 2021
ISBN 9783038601944