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Reinhold Martin


Reinhold Martin is Professor of Architecture in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, where he directs the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. At Columbia, Martin is a member of the Committee on Global Thought as well as the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. He was also a founding co-editor of the journal Grey Room.

Martin’s research concentrates on two related areas: the material, architectural, and urban history of knowledge infrastructures, and thinking the contemporary city under globalization. He approaches architectural history as a form of media history, governed by networks, systems, technical infrastructures, and biopolitical processes. To this he brings a theoretical perspective on the city that combines aesthetics with political economy. For over a decade Martin was a partner in the firm of Martin/Baxi Architects.

Martin’s books include The Organizational Complex: Architecture, Media, and Corporate Space (MIT Press, 2003), Utopia’s Ghost: Architecture and Postmodernism, Again (Minnesota, 2010), and Multi-National City: Architectural Itineraries (with Kadambari Baxi, Actar, 2007). Currently, Martin is working on a history of the nineteenth century American university as a media complex, as well as a set of theoretical essays on the contemporary city, which is forthcoming as The Urban Apparatus: Mediapolitics and the City (Minnesota, 2016).

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