• The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, New York, 1967–1985: Networks of Cultural Production
    Kim Förster
    gta Publisher, ETH Zurich, 2017
    Kim Förster

The IAUS Team, Casabella 359/360, 1971, The City as an Artefact. Courtesy of private archive.

The monograph on the New York Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies is conceived as the first comprehensive history of this influential educational and cultural organization, active from 1967 to 1985. As a new non-academic network of knowledge production and distribution, the Institute had a lasting effect on architectural discourse and education in North America. The four chapters focus on its institutional roles and social relations as a research and design office, school of architecture, cultural institution, and publishing house. This categorization allows to reconstruct the complex and powerful social and institutional networks and to evaluate the work of the Institute's fellows. Drawing on perspectives from architectural history, institutional sociology, and cultural studies, the publication, as a reference book for teaching and research, challenges the predominant myth of the Institute as a think tank.

Kim Förster is an architectural historian and researcher holding a doctorate from the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. His doctoral thesis focused on a social and cultural history of the New York Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies (1967-85). Förster has studied English and American studies, Geography, and Pedagogy in Münster, Berlin, and Toronto. From 2006 to 2009, he was employed as an assistant at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) at the ETH Zurich, where he presently holds a position as lecturer in the doctoral program. Previously, he was visiting researcher at the CCA in Montréal and at Columbia University. He has published in various magazines (Arch+, Archithese, Candide) and other contexts, as coeditor of the Berlin-based journal An Architektur and collaborator of common room, located in New York and Brussels. He currently lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland.