In Austria we find Building Police: BauPolizei. This recalls Jonathan Hill’s Illegal Architect with its agenda of “dislocation of architecture from the narrow confines of professionalism and its development within an expanded cultural field.” Writing from the ivory tower of academia about the subservient practice of architecture might be problematic yet Hill outlines a programme for supporting the development of illegal architects. An intruder’s practice, but “not simply a person who produces architecture without a professional qualification.” These architects may very well be licensed, but choose to operate in the “liminal space” at the edge of architectural activity.


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