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.




  • Alan Thomas
  • Sandy Isenstadt
  • Aaron Rothman

David Heymann

David Heymann is a columnist for Places. He is an architect, and the Harwell Hamilton Harris Regents Professor in Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas is a columnist for Places. He is Editorial Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Press and a photographer specializing in urban landscape.

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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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Aaron Rothman

Aaron Rothman is a columnist for Places. A monograph of his artwork, Signal Noise, is forthcoming from Radius Books.

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