Preemptive Architecture: Explosive Art and Future Architectures in Cursed Urban Zones

Stahl Stenslie, Magne Wiggen


This article describes the art and architectural research project Preemptive Architecture that uses artistic strategies and approaches to create bomb-ready architectural structures that act as instruments for the undoing of violence in war. Increasing environmental usability through destruction represents an inverse strategy that reverses common thinking patterns about warfare, art and architecture. Building structures predestined for a construc­tive destruction becomes a creative act. One of the main motivations behind this paper is to challenge and expand the material thinking as well as the socio-political conditions related to artistic, architectural and design based practices.


Article received: December 12, 2016; Article accepted: January 10, 2017; Published online: April 20, 2017

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How to cite this article: Stenslie, Stahl, and Magne Wiggen. "Preemptive Architecture: Explosive Art and Future Architectures in Cursed Urban Zones." AM Journal of Art and Media Studies 12 (2017): 29-39. doi: 10.25038/am.v0i12.165


preemptive architecture, inverse thinking, discursive methodology, bomb-ready architecture, destruction as aesthetic category, smart materials

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