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Architectures of Globalization
In the slipstream of critical debate on modernist universalism, global capitalism has cultivated its own selective version of the universal. While rules that facilitate economic exploitation—such as patents, copyrights, and industry standards—enjoy almost universal acceptance, in other areas of law, contemporary capitalism is defined above all by inequality—in areas such as workers’ rights, environmental regulations, and tax law. Indeed, a defining characteristic of today’s global economic system is how it can selectively couple and uncouple spaces where differing regimes of regulation prevail. For this reason, it would be inaccurate to blame our present crisis on a surfeit of universalism.
With contributions by Seyla Benhabib, Friedrich von Borries, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Regina Göckede, Anke Hagemann & Elke Beyer, Ina Kerner, Rem Koolhaas, Nikos Magouliotis, Philipp Misselwitz & Ayham Dalal, Kiran Pereira, Sascha Roesler, Lukasz Stanek, Lefteris Theodosis, Anna Tsing, Marion von Osten, Karin Wilhelm, Lizzie Yarina and interviews with Christian Benimana, and André Tavares.
Projects by Adrian Streich Architekten, BeL Sozietät für Architektur, Christ & Gantenbein Architekten, Harun Farocki, Kaufmann Widrig Architekten, OfficeUS, Moshe Safdie, and an ARCH+ features Imke Woelk.