Participation, Housing, and the Question of ‘Good Architecture’


  • Maroš Krivý



The Tallinn Architecture Biennale ʻRecycling Socialismʼ, held in September 2013, is reviewed in this paper. Key themes and contradictions that crystallised throughout the event are identified and analysed. Participatory approach and its shortcomings are discussed in relation to the Biennaleʼs vision competition winning entry.

What is the dual legacy of socialism and modernism for architectural and urban practices? The question is studied via the contrasting practices of raumlabor and DOGMA, two key participants in the Biennaleʼs events. Whereas participation is a goal and an answer to modernist-Fordist city in raumlabor's practice, for DOGMA it is the starting point for interrogating post-Fordist city.

Author Biography

Maroš Krivý

Maroš Kriv. is currently Invited Professor of Urban Studies at the Faculty of Architecture, Estonian Academy of Arts. In 2012 he obtained a PhD in Urban Studies from the University of Helsinki. Among his publications are ‘Don’t Plan! The Use of the Notion of ‘Culture’ in Transforming Obsolete Industrial Space’ (International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 2013) and ‘Industrial Architecture and Negativity: the Aesthetics of Architecture in the Works of Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Smithson and Bernd and Hilla Becher’ (Journal of Architecture, 2010). Maroš is also a visual artist and researcher. His project New Coat of Paint was exhibited at the Hobusepea Gallery in Tallinn (2013), and was included in the Alternativa festival organised by IS Wyspa in Gdańsk (2013). He was the winner of the Sittcomm award (2011).