Architecture and Micropolitics

Architecture and Micropolitics

Four Projects by Farshid Moussavi Architecture, 2010–2020

The interaction of architecture and society, demonstrated through important buildings by Farshid Moussavi Architecture


  • February 2022   approx. CHF 65.00 | eur 58.00


Title Information

Farshid Moussavi. With a foreword by Jacques Rancière and photographs by Stephen Gill

1st edition

, 2022


approx. 500 pages, 850 color and 150 b/w illustrations

22 x 33 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-194-4


Architecture and Micropolitics deconstructs two widespread prejudices: that architects nowadays are no longer important for the overall construction process, and that design is a linear process with a fully formed architectonic vision from the outset. Farshid Moussavi, a renowned architect and professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, shows how the specific character of contemporary architecture involves enriching the pragmatic aspect of creating architecture with random elements and subjective factors, in order to achieve the potential for changing our circumstances and the architecture that surrounds us. Thus, the micropolitics of our everyday lives becomes the basis for our built architecture.

Moussavi illustrates this process with the help of four of her buildings from the last decade. They are presented through hundreds of photos, drawings, and sketches, and discussed in an essay, where Moussavi develops her thesis. New photos of the four buildings have been taken by the celebrated British photographer Stephen Gill, whose creative work combines documentary, experimental, and conceptual approaches. Also featuring a preface by French philosopher Jacques Rancière, Architecture and Micropolitics is an astonishing book for all those who are interested in the interaction between architecture and society.


Farshid Moussavi, born 1965 in Shiraz (Iran), is an internationally acclaimed architect and Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design. She founded Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA) in 2011 following the demerger of Foreign Office Architects (FOA) which she co-founded in 1993. Her previoius books include The Function of Ornament (2008), The Function of Form (2009), and The Function of Style (2015).


Jacques Rancière is a French philosopher, known primarily for his work in political philosophy and aesthetics. He is a professor of philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee (Switzerland), having previously taught at the Université de Paris VIII, Vincennes-Saint Denis.

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