How can architectural research operate in the world today? How can it transgress the outdated separation between theory (the production of concepts) and action (political transformations)? After 8 years of intense work, with leading architects, filmmakers, artists, editors, curators and theorists amongst its members, and after undertaking a number of international exhibitions, publications, legal and political actions with partners such as UN agencies and art and culture institutions, universities and NGOs worldwide, the Centre for Research Architecture is without doubt the world leading centre dealing with practice based architectural research. It brings together several groups of committed practitioners from around the world to work collaboratively around questions of architecture, activism, aesthetics and politics. In keeping with Goldsmiths’ commitment to multidisciplinary research and learning, the centre also offers an alternative to traditional postgraduate architectural education by inaugurating a unique, robust studio-based combination of critical architectural research and practice at MA and MPhil/PhD levels. The MA programme is for suitably qualified graduates from a range of disciplines wishing to pursue studio-based spatial research in the context of theoretical work. The MPhil/PhD programme is aimed at practitioners of architecture and other related spatial practices who would like to develop long-term practice-based research projects in a peer to peer mode. The encompassing aim of research at both levels is to explore the frontiers of architectural action today.


The past two decades have seen revolutionary shifts in our ability to navigate, inhabit, and defi

Political acts are encoded in medial forms—feet marching on a street, punch holes on a card, imag

Neither apolitical nor governmental, to be involved in politics without aspiring to govern… such

"In the first section, ‘Pessimism of the Intellect’, I adduce arguments for believing that we hav


Seminar Participants

A book launch for Architecture in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Design, Deep Time, Science a

1. The Neoliberal Condition and its predecessors: Redemption, Fulfillment, Appreciation