Dr Tahl Kaminer

Dr Tahl Kaminer

Reader in Architectural History and Theory

Email:
kaminert@cardiff.ac.uk
Location:
Room 3.26, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB
Available for postgraduate supervision

Responsibilities

Research
UG, PG teaching
PhD supervision 

Reviews

Reviewer for Bloomsbury and Taylor & Francis publishers; for journals such as Architecture & Culture, Architectural Theory Review, Built Environment, CITY, Cities, Drawing On, Footprint, Journal of Urban Design.

Key past activities

Former Senate member, University of Edinburgh; Research Director, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture; co-director of the Edinburgh Global Justice Academy; director of Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust; production editor of Footprint; board member of 66 East, Centre for Urban Culture (Amsterdam). 

I joined the Welsh School of Architecture in summer 2018. I have previously held academic positions at the University of Edinburgh and TU Delft. I have published two monographs: The Efficacy of Architecture (2017, Routledge) and Architecture, Crisis and Resuscitation (2011, Routledge). I have also edited three anthologies: Urban Asymmetries (2011, 010), Critical Tools (La Lettre Volee, 2012) and Houses in Transformation (2008, NAi). I was a founding editor of the academic journal Footprint and its managing editor from 2007-12.

Academic positions

2018 - present: Cardiff University
2012 - 2018: University of Edinburgh
2004 - 2012:  TU Delft

Speaking engagements

'Critique is Ordinary', University of West England (2018)
'Stealth Policy-Making in Planning and the "Productive" Imbroglio of Governance', Royal Geographic Society Conference , Cardiff (2018)
'Participation', Test Unit workshop, Glasgow (2018)
'In Defence of Spatial Planning', Rebuilding Architecture symposium, Yale University (2018)
'Von Ledoux bis Mies’, [Un]Timely Aesthetics symposium, University of Innsbruck (2017)
‘The Use of Commons in Urban Struggles’, Rethinking the Commons colloquium, Edinburgh (2017)
‘The City as Critical Stage’, Claim, Occupy, Create: Politics and Aesthetics of Urban Citizenship symposium, Edinburgh (2016) 'The Utopia of the Plan’, Utopian Urban Futures: Histories, Imaginations, Possibilities, Leeds (2016)

2019

2018

2016

2014

2013

2012

  • Heynen, H. and Genard, J. Heynen, H., Genard, J. and Kaminer, T. eds. 2012. Critical Tools.. Nethca. Brussels: La Lettre Volée.

2011

2008

Currently module leader for Architecture in Context (2nd year history and theory of architecture), Research Preparation (4th year) and Architectural Dissertation (5th year). 

My main research studies the relation of architecture to society - the manner in which the discipline of architecture is determined by society, economics and politics, and the manner in which architecture has agency, shaping, to a degree, society. A second line of research focuses on urbanism and critical urban practices.

Areas of interest:
Theoretical and historical research of architecture since 1945.
Cases that illuminate the relation of architecture to society.
Cases that identify a relation of spatial to social form.
Alternative and counter-hegemnic forms of architecture and urbanism.
Critical urbanism.

Past projects

Co-Supervisor for Laura Bowie - Space, Place and Identity: 1968 in West Berlin (2018).
Co-Supervisor for Edwar Calderon - The Functional City in Medellín, Colombia (2016).
Co-Supervisor for Maria Mitsoula - athens’ image-opsis: The Asperity of Attica’s Marble (2016).