Dr Krzysztof Nawratek
School of Architecture
Senior Lecturer in Humanities and Design Architecture
MA in Architecture Design Programme Director
Space, Cultures and Politics Research Group Co-leader
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Before joining SSoA I was an Associate Professor in Architecture and MArch (RIBA Part 2) and MA in Architecture programme leader at the Plymouth University. I have worked as an architect and urban designer in Poland, Latvia and Ireland. I worked as a Visiting Professor at the Geography Department at the University of Latvia 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.
- Research interests
My research interest lies in spatialized post-secular thought. In my work, I investigate non-dialectic relationships between post-secularism and space. 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.
Amro Yaghi, Performativity as praxis: a performative spatial practice methodology to understand inclusion, exclusion and urban politics in public space, Amman-Jordan, Co-supervisor prof. Doina Petrescu
Sheng Song, Liveability of Contemporary Chinese Urban Streets, Co-supervisor Dr Florian Kossak
Faith C Ng'eno, Co-constructing the philosophy of sustainable design in Nairobi, Kenya. Co-supervisor Dr Ranald Lawrence
Du Xingyue, Long Term Historical Urban Analyses of Xi'an, China. Co-supervisor Dr Claudia Rojas Bernal
Farouq Tahar, The Muslim community participation in architecture and its role in promoting social symbiosis amongst wider community, Co-supervisor Dr Joanne Britton
Niveen K Daoud, CAAD tools and socially engaged architecture.1965 - 2018. Co-supervisor Dr Luis Hernan (from February 2019)
PhD Supervision Interests
Religion and space / architecture
Postsecularity in architecture and urbanism
- View this article in WRRO Kuala Lumpur Community, Infrastructure and Urban Inclusivity. Built Environment City Studies.
- 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.
- 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
- View this article in WRRO Rudolf Otto’s ‘The Absolute Other’ and a radical postsecular urban contextualization. Planning Theory.
- De-colonizing public spaces in Malaysia: dating in Kuala Lumpur. cultural geographies, 147447402090945-147447402090945. 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.
- Teaching activities
ARC6853 Design Theory and Methodology module leader
ARC6986 Studio Leader
ARC6742 Politics of Architecture and Urbanism (PGT) module leader