Power | Issue no.03

location - Caliper Journal

about - Caliper Journal is an independent, youth-led architecture journal from Melbourne (Naarm)

type - publication

year - 2018

status - Complete, dispatched

editors - Nicola Cortese, Lauren Crocket, Stephanie Pahnis and Senesios Frangos

guest editor - Amy Evans

Architecture, since its historical foundations, has been used as a tool for expressing, implementing and symbolising power in societies. Architects have shaped our buildings and cities, yet it has always been at the bidding of regimes of power; emperors, governments, churches, companies and wealthy individuals.


Even the very first recorded words of architectural theory are a glowing dedication, written by Vitruvius, to the emperor Augustus – the most powerful man on Earth. Architecture was used as a means of homogenising the Roman Empire through its continuous deployment of the classical language. The language of corporate architecture plays a similar role today.


Is it the case then, that architecture is fundamentally bound to those with power?


And, what is its relationship to those without it?


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Amy is a Berlin based architect and artist currently researching the relationship between the social and urban fabric of cities. As well as research and design work, she regularly teaches design studios at both the University of Melbourne and RMIT. The following is a selection of projects spanning across, architecture, exhibition design, curation, art, teaching, research and publication.


Amy is recipient of the Marten Bequest 2020 for her ongoing project titled ‘The City Shaped’.