Michel Serres on Architecture, Urbanism, Space

My Desiring-Machines

This is my translation of a short article on some comments Serres made in September at an event on architecture and urbanism in Bordeaux (the translation is rough in places, but I am just learning; comments, corrections, are of course welcome). The original French article is here:


“Architects, you’re fooling yourselves naked”

Michel Serres really does not like what architecture has become in recent years. And he said it publicly with the eloquence that we know in a moment of exchange organized by Adim Southwest, a Vinci Construction France company, at the last meeting of the Bordeaux biennale of architecture, urbanism, and design. The philosopher and historian of science called on the professionals to revolt, but with a smile.

To attend a talk by Michel Serres is often the occasion to take a deep breath of fresh air in the face. The smiling philosopher takes a sly pleasure in…

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