Architectures of Hiding

Crafting Concealment | Omission | Deception | Erasure | Silence

Edited by Rana Abughannam, Émélie Desrochers-Turgeon, Pallavi Swaranjali & Federica Goffi
Routledge 2024

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336 pages
98 Color illustrations
Hard back: 978-1-032-41233-7
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Architecture manifests as a space of concealment and unconcealment, lethe and alêtheia, enclosure and disclosure, where its making and agency are both hidden and revealed. With an urgency to amplify narratives that are overlooked, silenced and unacknowledged in and by architectural spaces, histories and theories, this book contends the need for a critical study of hiding in the context of architectural processes. It urges the understanding of inherent opportunities, power structures and covert strategies, whether socio-cultural, geo-political, environmental or economic, as they are related to their hidescapes—the constructed landscapes of our built environments participating in the architectures of hiding.

Looking at and beyond the intentions and agency that architects possess, architectural spaces lend themselves as apparatuses for various forms of hiding and un(hiding). The examples explored in this book and the creative works presented in the interviews enclosed in the interludes of this publication cover a broad range of geographic and cultural contexts, discursively disclosing hidden aspects of architectural meaning. The book investigates the imaginative intrigue of concealing and revealing in design processes, along with moral responsibilities and ethical dilemmas inherent in crafting concealment through the making and reception of architecture.

Table of Contents

Introducing The Architectures Of Hiding: Crafting Concealment | Omission | Deception | Erasure | Silence.RANA ABUGHANNAM, ÉMÉLIE DESROCHERS-TURGEON, PALLAVI SWARANJALI & FEDERICA GOFFI

Interludes, Insights And Reflections: Architectures of Hiding: On Displaying the HiddenMONICA EILEEN PATTERSON


Verdures: Mimicry and CamouflageFRANÇOIS SABOURIN and BERTRAND ROUGIER Interviewed by Ryan Stec and Pallavi Swaranjali

Camouflage after the Bauhaus: Oskar Schlemmer, László Moholy-Nagy and György KepesJODI LA COE, MARCIA FEUERSTEIN

Walls and Hidden Forms of Walling: The production of spatial violence in BeirutJENAN GHAZAL

Hiding, Veiling and Transversing: Nubian Madyafa Post-DisplacementMENNA AGHA

From Concealed Caves to dis(cover)ed Bunkers: Gaetano Pesce’s Pre/post Historical Atomic ShelterKYVELI MAVROKORDOPOULOU

Concealed behind Transparencies: A Closer Look at Architecture’s Hidden Performativity through the Barcelona PavilionRAMON RISPOLI

Happy Schools: The visible and invisible in the Sven Lokrantz School and the Architecture of Special EducationDORA VANETTE

Deformative, Yet SilentSAMIRA DANESHVAR Interviewed by Pallavi Swaranjali


AvertHEATHER LEIER Interviewed by Ryan Stec and Pallavi Swaranjali

Hiding in Plain Sight: The White House Solarium and the Projection of HistoryELIYAHU KELLER

Urban Alibis and its Terms of Concealment: Cases from ShanghaiYING ZHOU

Hiding Behind Colonial Roots: Investigating the Reconstruction of the Palestinian Presidential Headquarters (the Muqata’a) in RamallahANWAR JABER

[Hidden Architecture]: The Paracontextual in Superstudio’s Project of Instrumentalizable MutenessASHLEY MASON

Architects’ Hidden Building SignaturesPAUL EMMONS

Clutter, Tidying and Architectural DesiresREBECCA WILLIAMSON

Hidden RelicsCLAUDIO SGARBI Interviewed by Ryan Stec and Pallavi Swaranjali


Yellow + Blue: An Apparatus for Fabricating Illusionary ArchitectureZENOVIA TOLOUDI Interviewed by Pallavi Swaranjali

Hiding in the Wings: A Culture of the Onlooker in Eighteenth Century FranceLOUISE PELLETIER

Principles of Masking: Wall Paintings by Thomas Schütte and Ludger Gerdes, circa 1977STEFAAN VERVOORT

Concealment, Costume and Modern ArchitectureTEMINIOLUWA THOMAS

Architecture, Infrastructure and Occlusion in Miami: The Network Access Point of the AmericasJEFFREY KRUTH, ALLISON SCHIFANI

Drawn Lines Conceal Multitudes: The Hidden Traces of Time in Carlo Scarpa’s Drawn Factures for the Brion MemorialKRISTIN WASHCO

Impossible Gag: Clues to a hidden reality in Winsor McCay’s and Buster Keaton’s representations of dreamsLINDA HEINRICH

A New Approach to Hidden History: The Reconstruction of History through Nodal Spaces in the Ghost City of LiftaHALA BARAKAT Interviewed by Ryan Stec and Pallavi Swaranjali


The Architecture of Hiddenness: Latency and Virtuality in the Topology of ConcealmentDON KUNZE