Of Other Spaces, Heterotopia


DECEMBER 9th, 16th, 30th, 2013 + JANUARY 6th, 13th, 2014

This five week class is a cross-pollinated investigation of other spaces. Pulling from texts and visionary architectural drawings, we will look at centuries of variant trajectories within which humans have articulated other spaces, be it utopia, heterotopia, or other-wise.

We will begin with Michel Foucault’s “Des Espace Autres,” the basis of a lecture from March 1967, later published by the French journal Architecture in 1984. Throughout the course we will meander through the writings of David Harvey, Jean Baudrillard, and Hakim Bey, and discuss spaces understood as “other.” This course is organized by Jonathan Rajewski and michael phillip brown.

Week 1: Of Other Spaces, Heterotopia (Michel Foucault)

Week 2: The Right to the City (David Harvey)

Week 3: Part 3, T.A.Z. The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism (Hakim Bey, aka Peter Lamborn Wilson)

Week 4: Dialectical Utopia (pgs. 31-33), The Ephemeral (pgs. 33-36), Technics of Social Practice (pgs. 51-61), and Utopia Deferred (pgs. 61-64) (Jean Baudrillard) *PDF no longer available.

Week 5: Digital Zapatistas (Jill Lane) and Out to sea, out of mind (Al-Jazeera, January 4, 2014)

Class will take place on Monday’s in December (9th, 16th, & 30th only) and in January (6th & 13th only) from 6:30p to 8:30p at Public Pool on 3309 Caniff Street, Hamtramck, MI 48212.

For more information e-mail [email protected].


Top image: Project for an Isaac Newton memorial by Étienne-Louis Boullée. This image is in the public domain.

Bottom image: The Golden Age by Lucas Cranach the Elder. This image is in the public domain.