Mosse-Lecture: Can Architecture Be Democratic?: 2nd Annual Mosse-Lecture
Lecture: Upcoming | March 1 | 4:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Jan-Werner Mueller, Professor, Political Science, Princeton University
Martin Jay, Professor, History, UC Berkeley
Department of German, The Mosse Foundation
Many people have an intuitive sense that the built environment is bound up with politics. The lecture poses the question how we might think more systematically (and normatively) about the relationship between democracy and architecture as well as public spaces as a particular form of the built environment. A very basic distinction between representing democracy, on the one hand, and facilitating democratic practices, on the other, will serve as a structuring feature. Tracing the difficulties of representing democratic principles and/or the people historically, the speaker will address a number of successful examples in the US and Germany of how particular spatial arrangements can help democracy. Finally, he will pose the question whether the Internet/virtual space might replace actual physical space in fulfilling a number of functions foundational for democratic practices, continuous participation in particular or whether filter bubbles and echo chambers will in fact contribute to democracys present-day decay.