Dr Krzysztof Nawratek
School of Architecture
Senior Lecturer in Humanities and Architecture
Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes (PGT)
Director of Space, Cultures and Politics research group
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School of Architecture
Before joining Sheffield School of Architecture, I was an Associate Professor in Architecture and MArch (RIBA Part 2) programme leader at the Plymouth University. I have worked as an architect and urban designer in Poland, Latvia and Ireland and as a researcher at the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), Maynooth, Ireland. My main research interest lays in urban theory in the context of post-secular philosophy, I am interested in the crisis of the contemporary (neoliberal) city model, radical inclusivity and urban re-industrialisation.
PhD in Architecture and Urban Planning
- Research interests
My research interest lies in spatialized post-secular thought. In my work, I focus on non-dialectic modes of thinking. This investigation has two intertwined threads. The first is more theoretical (in a tradition of hermeneutic inquiry) investigation of radical contextualization, radical inclusivity and in general how The Absolute Other’s (‘das ganz Andere’ defined by Rudolf Otto) influences are actualized in space. The second is more empirical; it focuses on religious imaginations and religion-related behaviours in space. This more empirical perspective is then contextualised as a framework in order to decolonize Western (post)Christian urban and architectural discourses.
I am founder and coordinator of Postsecular Architecture Research Network.
- View this article in WRRO Kuala Lumpur Community, Infrastructure and Urban Inclusivity. Routledge.
- Total Urban Mobilisation. Ernst Jünger and Post-capitalist City. Palgrave.
- View this article in WRRO Holes in the Whole Introduction to the Urban Revolutions. Washington: Zero Books.
- City as a Political Idea. Citizenship, Sovereignty and Politics. University of Plymouth Press.
- Ideologie W Przestrzeni. Próby Demistyfikacji. Krakow: Universitas.
- View this article in WRRO Radical Inclusivity. Architecture and Urbanism. Barcelona: dpr-Barcelona.
- De-colonising public spaces in Malaysia: dating in Kuala Lumpur. cultural geographies. View this article in WRRO
- Performative interventions to re-claim, re-define and produce public space in different cultural and political contexts. Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research. View this article in WRRO
- An urban partisan: Carl Schmitt's and Jacob Taubes’ guide for urban revolution. Journal of Architecture and Urbanism, 38(1), 3-10. View this article in WRRO
- New progressive architecture: Designing for cities in end times. Journal of European Popular Culture, 3(1), 77-88.
- The internet: a potential factor in socio-spatial disintegration of Riga?. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Urban Design and Planning, 164(4), 233-239.
- HOW BRAVE CAN WE BE? THE CITY AS A POLITICAL EXPERIMENT. JOURNAL OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM, 38(1), 1-2.
- Urban Landscape and the Postsocialist City. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, 14(3). View this article in WRRO
- Rudolf Otto’s ‘the Absolute Other’ and a radical postsecular urban contextualization. Planning Theory, 147309522091276-147309522091276. View this article in WRRO
- Architecture of radicalized postsecularism In Beaumont J (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity (pp. 315-324). Routledge
- View this article in WRRO ‘Der Arbeiter’: (Re) Industrialisation as Universalism? In Nawratek KJ (Ed.), Urban Re-industrialization Punctum Books
- University as a Terminal: Socio-Material Infrastructure for Post-Neoliberal Society, The Future of University Education (pp. 145-156). Springer International Publishing View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO On the Frustrating Impossibility of Inclusive Architecture In Nawratek KJ (Ed.), Radical Inclusivity. Architecture and Urbanism (pp. 12-23). Barcelona: DPR-Barcelona.
- Contemporary Capitalism and a Post-socialist city: the Bankruptcy of Neo-liberal Riga In Redbergs O (Ed.), Conditions for Contemporary Culture (pp. 129-136). Riga: Megaphone Publishers.
- Territory, Autonomy and Provisional Revolution: How to Survive in 21st Century In Redbergs O (Ed.), Conditions for Contemporary Culture (pp. 91-95). Riga: Megaphone Publishers.
- Producing citizens: from socialist to post-socialist urban opression In Miles M & Savage J (Ed.), Nutopia A Critical View of Future Cities (pp. 36-35). University of Plymouth Press
- Rejecting the Communicative Paradigm of Public Space In Bader M, Baurhenn O, Szreder K, Voinea R & Koch K (Ed.), The KNOT. An Experiment on Collaborative Art in Public Urban Space (pp. 151-156). Berlin: Jovis.
- Research group
- MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS
- Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
- “RE-DWELL”. Delivering affordable and sustainable housing in Europe
- Teaching interests
I am interested in design as an 'applied theory' and in theory of design process. I am interested in radically inclusive architecture and in design as a thinking process. I was practising as an architect and urban designer, in my teaching I invite students to contextualize their design and to focus on the way how the design change the existing power and social relationships.
- Teaching activities
- ARC6986 and ARC6987 (MAAD) Studio Leader
- ARC6742 Power, Space, Society (PGT) module leader
- Professional activities
I am an External examiner of MA in Architecture Design programme, The Leicester School of Architecture, De Monfort University, UK.
I am Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA), member of Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) and member of The British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR).