Unbuilding Gender

A queer theorist and cultural critic explores anarchitectural unmaking as practiced by the American artist Gordon Matta-Clark, extending the ideas of creative destruction and unbuilding that characterize Matta-Clark’s art to develop a queer concept of anarchitecture for the trans* body.

What might the abstract and architectural offer in terms of transgender representation? We can start by looking at the art of Gordon Matta-Clark.




  • Keith Eggener
  • Sandy Isenstadt
  • Despina Stratigakos

Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern is a columnist for Places. She is a professor of media studies at The New School in New York City.

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Keith Eggener

Keith Eggener is a columnist for Places. He is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon.

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Sandy Isenstadt

Sandy Isenstadt is a professor of architectural history at the University of Delaware, and a columnist for Places.

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Despina Stratigakos

Despina Stratigakos, an associate professor at the University of Buffalo, is a columnist for Places and author of Where Are the Women Architects? and other books on architectural history.

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