The Crystal Palaces Project

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German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk’s 2005 book In the World Interior of Capital extensively uses the architectural metaphor of ‘the Crystal Palace’ to help him describe the cultural conditions of the globalised capitalist world. Sloterdijk is a conservative, aiming his sights at the earlier architectural metaphor of ‘the Arcade’ as used to describe capitalist modernity by the unorthodox marxist Walter Benjamin in the 1920s and 30s. But why are these architectural metaphors so useful to these political thinkers? And what does it have to do with radical architecture of the late 1960s and early 1970s?

Department of Architecture, University of Westminster

History and Theory Open Lecture Series 2015-16

6:30pm 25th February 2016