Architecture and Anthropology Reading Group

KFI Kitchen Readings



Architecture and Anthropology Reading Group



 Intravention, Durations, Effects: Notes of Expansive Sites and Relational Architectures, by  Alberto Altés Arlandis, Oren Lieberman. Spurbuchverlag, 2013.








Teaching and Learning

Tadao Ando: Conversations with Students by Matthew Hunter. Princeton Architectural Press, 2012.

Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late Twentieth Century by James Clifford. Harvard University Press. 1997. Prologue.

Architecture Depends by Jeremy Till. The MIT Press, 2009. Introductory chapter.

‘Teaching Anthropology Today’ by Simon Coleman in Teaching Anthropology Vol.1(1), 2011.




Alternative Architecture (Rural Studio and Assemble)

Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency Andrea Oppenheimer Dean & Timothy Hursley. Princeton Architectural Press, 2002.

Rural Studio’s projects:

Assemble Collective:



Ruins, Temporality and Decay

 ‘Reckoning with Ruins’ by Caitlin DeSilvey and Tim Edensor. in Progress in Human Geography Vol.37(4), 2012.


Buildings Must Die by Stephen Cairns and Jane M. Jacobs. The MIT Press, 2014. Introductory and first chapters.







Temporary Architecture w/ Tibo Labat (EXYST)

This Is Temporary: How Transient Projects are Redefining Architecture by Cate St Hill. RIBA Publishing, 2016.

Read: chapter and interview on participative building and materiality, and the brief ‘perspective piece’ on the political value of the temporary by Shumi Bose:





 KFI Kitchen Readings


Core Readings

Biesta, Gert 2006. Beyond Learning: Democratic Education for a Human Future. London: Routledge.

Biesta, Gert 2013. The Beautiful Risk of Education. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

Boeckel, Jan van 2013. At the Heart of Art and Earth: An Exploration of Practices in Arts-Based Environmental Education. Helsinki: Aalto University Publications Series, available for free download at

Dewey, John 1964. John Dewey on Education: Selected Writings, ed. R. D. Archambault. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Dewey, John 2015 [1938] Experience and Education. New York, NY: Free Press.

Hasse, Cathrine 2015. An Anthropology of Learning: On Nested Frictions in Cultural Ecologies. Dordrecht: Springer.

Manning, Erin 2013. Always More Than One: Individuation's Dance. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Manning, Erin 2016. The Minor Gesture. Durham, NC: Duke University Press (publication, June 2016).

Masschelein, Jan and Simons, Maarten 2013 In Defence of the School. Leuven: E-ducation, Culture & Society Publishers. E-book, available for free download at

Rancière, Jacques 1991. The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation, trans. K. Ross. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Additional Readings

De Certeau, Michel 1985  Pay Attention: To Make Art (pp 17-23)  in In Harrison, H. M., and Harrison, N. The Lagoon Cycle.  New York: Cornell University Press, pp 17-23

Douglas, A. & M. Gulari  2015),"Understanding experimentation as improvisation in arts research", Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. 15 Iss 4 pp. 392 – 403Permanent link to this document:

Freire, Paulo Education for Critical Consciousness in The Paulo Freire Reader Ana Maria Araujo Freire and Donaldo Macedo, Editors New York: Continuum, 2000.  pp 80-110

Ingold, Tim Veer Ecology, in eds. Jeffrey Cohen and Lowell Duckert, University of Minnesota Press

Illich, Ivan Deschooling Society 1971 Available from

Goyen, William 1950 The House of Breath US:Random House

Sousanis, Nick 2015 Unflattening

Warner, Marina  Learning my Lesson  London Review of Books 6.19 march 2015 Available from