Professor and Chair, Department of Architecture, Iowa State University
The Double Progression of Body and Brain:
On what (no longer) escapes the domain of architects
In the early 1980s Michel Foucault was pressed by Paul Rabinow in the interview subsequently held under the title Space, Knowledge, and Power (1984) to take a position as to whether architecture as a practice could claim to exert the power of space. Concluding that “the three great variables-territory, communication, and speed … escape the domain of architects.” Today, with the double progression of body and brain, or the analysis of bio-politics expanded to noo-politics, this conclusion will be respectfully challenged and reframed.