— Michael Guggenheim

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in: Candide, Journal for Architectural Knowledge, Nr. 4, 2011. pdf

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In this article, Michael Guggenheim analyzes architectural writing on the change of use of buildings published since the early 1970s. He shows that, in its sum, this literature fails its object because the process of change of use cannot be grasped in established architectural categories, categories that refer to fixed states. Guggenheim looks in detail at the metaphors and other figures of speech used to compensate this theoretical shortcoming. He concludes that architectural discourse needs to develop a processual view of buildings to more clearly differentiate between the three relevant perspectives—technological, semiotic, and sociological—in understanding the relationship between buildings and society.

 

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pdf: History of the Human Sciences, 2012, February 2012 vol. 25 no. 1 99-118, original publication

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How has sociology framed places of knowledge production and what is the specific power of the laboratory for this history? This article looks at how sociology and STS have historically framed the world as laboratory in three steps: First, in early sociology, the laboratory was an important metaphor to conceive of sociology as a scientific enterprise. In the 1950ies, the trend reversed and with the emergence of a ‘qualitative sociology’, sociology was seen in opposition to laboratory work. With the ascent of laboratory studies, the laboratory perspective was again applied to many fields, including sociology itself. Based on a definition of a laboratory as aiming at placeless knowledge and being inconsequential this article argues that the two waves of laboratorization were metaphorical and did not really turn the world into a laboratory. Instead, two alternative concepts, those of the unilatory and the locatory, are proposed to gain a more precise understanding of some of these metaphorical uses of the term laboratory.

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Buildings like this one prompted the authorities of Ascona to attempt to prohibit flat roofs. To no avail. (Image of Casa Catterina by Eduard Keller, 1928)

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In: Social and Legal Studies. December 2010, Vol. 19: 441-460.

 

abstract:

This article looks at how building codes and zoning laws mediate the relationship between foreign building types and their uses. The article is based on insights from actor-network theory and analysing buildings as quasi-technologies, actor-network theory’s understanding of buildings. It draws on three case studies in Switzerland: The first looks at the introduction of flat roofs along with modern architecture in the 1920ies that led to the introduction of building codes in Ascona. The second is contemporary: It looks at disputes about the right of Muslims to add minarets to prayer spaces that eventually led to an initiative to ban minarets altogether. In each of the cases I show how the building code mediates the travelling element and the associated lifestyle of the implicated groups and leads to a new definition of what those building types are. The law emerges as an important mediator of building types because it constantly shifts building types as being defined as material or social.

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A truly non-fetishistic church, as discussed in this article. (photograph of MG)

 

 

Building a Fetish – Sacrificing a House. Building Types as Technologies or Fetishes.
In: Catherine Perret (ed.) Fetish & Consumption. merz&solitude, Stuttgart 2009, 203-219.

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Image: An industrial building at the outskirts of Zürich, in which assisted suicides had to be performed, after zoning laws made it impossible to commit assisted suicide in flats. (photograph by MG)

Travelling Types and the Law. Minarets, Caravans and Suicide Hospices.
in Michael Guggenheim and Ola Söderström (eds.) Re-Shaping Cities. How
Global Mobility Shapes Architecture and Urban Form, London: Routledge.

 

This is how we introduce the chapter:

Michael Guggenheim looks at the law as a powerful but often neglected mediator to regulate the circulation of building types on a national scale, in his case Switzerland. His analysis of caravans, mosques, and homes for assisted suicide shows that the law is a powerful mediator that shapes the import of building types, by enforcing adaptations, changes to buildings and that serves as an arena, where conflicts about the circulation of building types become explicit.

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Introduction: Mobility and the Transformation of Built Form.
in: Michael Guggenheim and Ola Söderström (eds.) Re-Shaping
Cities. How Global Mobility Shapes Architecture and Urban Form, London: Routledge.

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“Mutable Immobiles. Change of Use of Buildings as a Problem of Quasi-Technologies”
in: Thomas Bender & Ignacio Farias (eds.): Urban Assemblages. How Actor-Network Theory Changes Urban Studies.
Routledge, London.

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(Un-) Building Social Systems. The Concrete Foundations of Functional Differentiation’
in: Ignacio Farias and José Ossandon (eds.) Comunicaciones, semánticas y redes. Usos y desviaciones de la sociología de Niklas Luhmann. México: Universidad Iberoamericana, 2011, 245-277

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Building Memory: Architecture, Networks and Users
in: Michalis Kontopodis and Alex Kozin (eds.) Memory Studies, Special Issue on Materializations of Times: From Memory to Imagination, 39-53.

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How Global Mobility Transforms Architecture and Urban Form.

Edited together with Ola Söderström. Routledge,
Architext series: London. (Introduction).

 

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