• Unmanned: Architecture and Security Series
    Ethel Baraona Pohl, Marina Otero Verzier, and Malkit Shoshan
    dpr-barcelona, 2016
    Ethel Baraona Pohl, Marina Otero Verzier & Malkit Shoshan

Drones and Honeycombs, research project by Malkit Shoshan at Het Nieuwe Instituut, 2014, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Image: FAST.

Unmanned: Architecture and Security Series examines architecture's role in the construction of the contemporary security apparatus and its global spaces of exception, from detention camps to embassies, from faraday shields to smart cities. The publication brings scholars and professionals from diverse disciplinary backgrounds—including architects, artists, human rights experts, military officials, policymakers, hackers, and novelists—to investigate shifting notions of privacy, safety, and their spatial manifestations; to discuss the consequences of the civilian appropriation of military technologies; and to set an agenda for design professionals to engage on a technological, cultural, and political level through the exploration of five main topics—drones, adhocracy, retreat, missions, and compounds.

Ethel Baraona Pohl is a critic, writer, and curator. She is cofounder of the independent research studio and publishing house dpr-barcelona, which operates in the fields of architecture, political theory, and the larger social milieu. Her [net]work is a hub, linking several publications and actors on architecture and theory. She is editor of Quaderns d'arquitectura i urbanisme and contributing editor for several different blogs and magazines; her publications include Domus, Volume, the New City Reader (Istanbul edition), and MAS Context. She has been guest lecturer at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, the Het Nieuwe Instituut, and MAO, the Museum of Architecture and Design in Slovenia, among others. She served as associate curator for Adhocracy, first commissioned for the Istanbul Design Biennial in 2012 and exhibited at the New Museum (May 2013) and Lime Wharf, London (Summer 2013). She was also cocurator,with César Reyes Nájera, of Money, the third Think-Space Programin Zagreb, Croatia. She is currently working on cocurating the exhibition Adhocracy Athens for the Onassis Cultural Center, opening in May 2015.

Marina Otero Verzier is an architect, head of research and development at Het Nieuwe Instituut, and, together with After Belonging Agency, chief curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale in 2016. Previously, she was director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X, and adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University’s GSAPP. Otero studied architecture at TU Delft and ETSAM, where she is a PhD candidate. In 2013, as a Fulbright Scholar, she graduated from the MS programin critical, curatorial, and conceptual practices in architecture at the GSAPP, where she received the Program Award. Her work has been published in books and journals, including: El País, Arquitectura Viva, Domus, and Quaderns; has resulted in the exhibitions at the 2013 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale and the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial; and has been collected in editorial projects, such as Promiscuous Encounters (GSAPP Books, 2014). Her current research is concerned with how changing notions of privacy and safety, and their articulation with global circulatory regimes, have an effect on our contemporary spaces of residence.

Malkit Shoshan is founder of the Amsterdam-based architectural think-tank FAST (Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory). Her work explores the relationships between architecture, politics, and human rights. She is the author of the award-winning book Atlas of Conflict: Israel-Palestine (Uitgeverij 010, 2010) and coauthor of Village: One Land Two Systems and Platform Paradise (Damiani Editore, 2014). She is a member of the editorial board of Footprint, the TU Delft architectural theory journal and her work has been published in Volume, Abitare, Frame, Haaretz, the New York Times, and other publications. She has also exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2002, 2008), the Netherlands Architecture Institute (2007), Experimenta (2011), and the Het Nieuwe Instituut (2014). As a research fellow at the Het Nieuwe Instituut, she is working on the long-term research project Drones and Honeycombs, a study of the architecture and the landscapes of war and peace.

As a group, these three collaborators have brought their experiences to develop, in partnership with the Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory, Het Nieuwe Instituut, dpr-barcelona, and Columbia University's Studio-X, a series of public events and projects, including: the Drone Salon, the seminar Missions and Missionaries, and the exhibition and panel discussion Lexicon of Retreat at the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial.