Habitat Unit

Seminar SoSe 2021
Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Prof. Dr. Elke Beyer

Architecture’s Supply Chains II
Publishing Workshop

Like the production of many commodities, also the construction industry is organized within global or translocal networks. Dispersed sites of extraction or production, processing and logistics within cities and urban hinterlands worldwide are connected by complex infrastructural arrangements. They enable the circulation of materials as well as immaterial commodities and thus the exploitation of spatial difference from the urban to the planetary scale. These production and infrastructure systems have massive impacts on urbanization processes and the urban form by creating splintered landscapes, altering or reinforcing patterns of socio-spatial inequality.

Architecture's Supply Chains II Poster

This seminar explores the spatiality of supply chains, the physical infrastructures and logistics operations enabling commodity flows, their local and translocal urban impacts. It introduces key theoretical debates on commodity chains, logistics, infrastructure and urbanization through a series of readings in architecture and urban studies, political economy, human geography and anthropology, covering different geographical contexts in the Global South and North. Through the engagement with the case studies and literature rooted in different strands of critical theory the seminar aims to build a sensitivity regarding the socio-economic relations and power structures embodied in architecture’s supply chains.

In the second part of the seminar, participants are going to develop a publication format to present case studies and key debates from the first term.

Course Information+

Seminar, 6/3 ECTS
M Arch, M Arch T, Urban Design, SRP

Teaching Day
Monday 1.30-3.00pm, every other week, individual consultations

First Meeting
19 April, 2021

motivation letter (open to participants of part I of the seminar only)


Prof. Dr. Elke Beyer

Room A 065

T + 49 – 30 – 314 – 22224
F + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21907