Constantin Petcou

is an architect whose work focuses on the intersection between architecture, urbanism, and semiotics. He has published widely in France, UK, US, Spain, Romania, and Japan. He is co-founder of atelier d’architecture autogérée (aaa), an interdisciplinary network that develops “strategies” and “tactics” for research and intervention into city.


What makes a biopolitical space?

A discussion with Toni Negri

Toni Negri discusses the significance of urban space for new forms of opposition. The city, he says, is where the “political diagonal” intersects the “biopolitical diagram” – where people’s relation to power is most pronounced. Negri’s interlocutors are involved in exploring “soft” forms of activism, urban projects that create collectivities on micro, neighbourhood levels. Negri is critical of “soft” forms, however, preferring rupture and revolution over accumulation and gradual change.

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