Territory: Spatial Reification of Power

A black and white etching of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon featuring a procession of nobility in the foreground.

Herodotus and Kirchner’s plan for the city of Babylon is articulated through a series of opposed but complementary territorial strategies: space is concomitantly enclosed and traversed, interrupted and connected, and flattened and folded. This image is in the public domain.


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This course proposes that investigating the ways in which territory is produced, maintained and strategized, generates conflicts, establishes divisions, and builds identities can lead to a more critical understanding of architecture's role in society. This course is designed to expand the student's literacy in the concept of territory and its relation to the realm of architecture.

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Gabriel Kozlowski. 4.S26 Territory: Spatial Reification of Power. Spring 2016. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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