Vol. 1 No. 1 (2023): Architecture “and” Philosophy

“And” Anarchitectures

Mark Wigley
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University

Published 2023-05-16


  • arkhitekton,
  • anarchitecture,
  • joint,
  • jealousy,
  • contingency

How to Cite

Wigley, M. . (2023). “And” Anarchitectures. Khōrein: Journal for Architecture and Philosophy , 1(1), 7–16. Retrieved from https://khorein.ifdt.bg.ac.rs/index.php/ch/article/view/4


Architecture and Philosophy are so deeply entangled with each other that the “and” between them at once splits and rejoins a single common fabric. This enigmatic joint, and the mutual jealousies, clumsiness, and blindness it puts in motion, has a very long history. The interdependency it shapes made possible the emergence of both discourses in Ancient Greece. Architecture appeared as an exemplary theoretical art, yet already subordinated to the discourse of Philosophy that is covertly dependent on it. This essay explores the anarchitectural ecology that made both discourses possible, along with the implications for contemporary theory, and possible unexpected architectures.