I have just re-read the editorial to the special issue of HDA Dokumente zur Architektur (10) devoted to ‘The Affair of the Heterotopia’ that was published in 1998. Written by Roland Ritter and Bernd Knaller-Vlay, this short essay remains fresh and insightful and I would set alongside James Faubion’s ‘Ecology’ as one of the most stimulating introductions to this teasingly enigmatic subject. The journal is in English and German. It includes a useful summary of the use and misuse of the concept in architecture, but here are a few general snippets:
The concept heterotopia comes from a different place.
What Foucault achieves here is not a weak concretisation of strong thought, but rather he creates a systematic inconsistency with which he protects the list from being completed. The list of heterotopias suggests an open-ended series that can be continued.
Will there ever be a last text on heterotopia?
Ritter, R. and Knaller-Vlay, B., (eds.) (1998) Other Spaces:Die Affäre der Heterotopie ,HDA Dokumente zur Architektur 10, Graz, Austria: Haus der Architektur.
Faubion, J. (2008) ‘Heterotopia: an ecology’ in M. Dehaene and L. De Cauter (eds.), Heterotopia and the City, London and New York: Routledge, 31-40.
13 May 2016