Where do we find the theory in the information age?
theory is persisting in latency, hardly visible, building up steam and waiting for its comeback. Or maybe it is already back. Perhaps it has changed its form and we find it in the academic backseat, in final crits, jury meetings, activism, niche journals, in blogs on the internet, in gossip. Perhaps it has left the traditional frameworks of academe and moved to the platform of architecture biennials and exhibitions—today the most dynamic platform of mediation and exchange. Either way, in order to subsist, it depends on institutions. It needs their protection, longevity, memory, and inertia in order to move on.
History/Theory is a collaboration between the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zürich and e-flux Architecture
Philip Ursprung is Professor of the History of Art and Architecture and Dean of the Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich.