Markus Miessen

Markus Miessen (born 1978) is an architect, consultant, and writer migrating between Berlin, London, and the Middle East. He runs the collaborative agency for spatial practice Studio Miessen (, is co-founder of the architectural practice nOffice (, and director of the Winter School Middle East, Kuwait ( Miessen has taught at institutions such as the Architectural Association (London), Columbia, and MIT. He is currently a Professor for Architecture and Curatorial Practice at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe, Germany, a Harvard Fellow, and completing his PhD at the Centre for Research Architecture (Goldsmiths, London).

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Markus Miessen - Crossbenching - Toward Participation as Critical Spatial Practice
English edition
Sternberg Press - History, Criticism and Theory
The limits of the participatory game in nowadays democracies.
Markus Miessen - The Space of Agonism - Critical Spatial Practice 02
English edition
Sternberg Press - Critical Spatial Practice
A selection of conversations between Markus Miessen and political philosopher Chantal Mouffe.
Markus Miessen - The Nightmare of Participation (Crossbench Praxis as a Mode of Criticality)
English edition
Sternberg Press - History, Criticism and Theory
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The Nightmare of Participation calls for a format of conflictual participation—no longer a process by which others are invited “in,” but a means of acting without mandate, as uninvited irritant: a forced entry into fields of knowledge that arguably benefit from exterior thinking.
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