Monocultural production?the dominance of a single raw material in a
regional economy?has figured strongly in the designs and representations of
the Global South. From the intimacy of sensory experience to the ravages of
war, raw materials have linked disparate territories through transnational
circuits of exchange, imperial regimes, and technology transfers. What
remains under examined is the relationship of these commodities to
aesthetics and the construction of the built environment in connection to
the rise of global capitalism. This special issue of *Architectural Theory
Review* will argue that the extraction, processing, storage, and
circulation of commodities has shaped images, buildings, and landscapes
across Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
What are some of the methodologies required by this shift from the iconic,
singular object to the infrastructural network linked to the trade of
primary materials and transfer of technologies? In exploring these themes,
this special issue will examine architecture?s links to a larger
constellation of disciplines, from graphic design to photography to
infrastructure. Potential papers might treat the role of cattle, grain, or
coffee as architecture and design participate in their commodification. For
instance, how does oil figure in the architecture of Iraqi modernism? How
does the sugar industry inform the logic of Cuban urbanism? We are
interested in research that addresses a wide range of geographical areas
and time periods, from the conquests of the fifteenth century to our
neoliberal present, paying close attention to the relationship between
aesthetics, politics, and economics.
*Architectural Theory Review*, founded at the University of Sydney in 1996
and now in its twentieth year, is the pre-eminent journal of architectural
theory in the Australasian region. Published by Routledge in print and
online, the journal is an international forum for generating, exchanging,
and reflecting on theory in and of architecture. All texts are subject to a
rigorous process of blind peer review.
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The deadline for the submission of completed manuscripts is 30 January 2017.
Please submit manuscripts to the journal?s website:
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this special issue: vol. 21.3 ? Designing Commodity Cultures. For any
questions regarding this issue, please directly contact Ana Mar?a Le?n and
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be found on the *Architectural Theory Review* website.