Building Institution: The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, New York 1965–1985

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“Building Institution” chronicles the expansion of architecture as a profession and discipline in the postmodern era. Kim Förster traces the compelling history of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, which was active in New York from 1967 to 1985. Drawing on extensive archival research and oral histories, he constructs a collective biography that details the Institute's diverse roles and the dynamic interplay between research and design, education, culture, and publishing. By exploring the transformation of cultural production into a practice as well as the culturalization and global postmodernization of architecture, the volume contributes significantly to the institutional history of architecture.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBielefeld
Number of pages584
ISBN (Electronic)9783839465189
ISBN (Print)9783839465189, 9783837665185
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Feb 2024

Publication series



  • architecture
  • urban studies
  • institutional analysis
  • postmodenism
  • cultural studies
  • architectural history
  • architectural humanities
  • cultural production
  • New York City
  • education sociology
  • housing
  • publishing history


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