Maroš Krivý is an urbanist and historian with interests in architecture, urbanism and the environment in the postwar and post-Cold War periods. His research examines the interplay between design, power and knowledge in areas ranging from mass housing to urban nature and cybernetic urbanism.

One stream of Krivý’s work examines the architecture of state-socialist mass housing as a site of imagination, stigmatization and heritage work. Spanning architectural history and cultural geography, this scholarship focuses on former Czechoslovakia and other Eastern European countries to trace the expectations, institutions and spaces of socialist urbanism.

Another research strand involves imaginaries of nature and culture in urbanism. His dissertation and postdoctoral research examined the interplay between post-industrial aesthetics, anti-planning discourses and neoliberal urbanism in turn-of-the-century Finland and Estonia.

Krivý’s most recent focus is a history of the idea of indeterminacy in contemporary urban professions. A particular interest lies in the ideological work of complexity theory in relation to environmental design, smart cities and other expert-based approaches to urban change.

He is currently working on a monograph on postwar urbanism and environment as an international concept. Drawing on evidence from the US, the UK, Canada, Germany and Denmark, the book examines what architects, planners and other urban experts understood by “environment”, and how these oft-conflicting understandings shaped, and were shaped by, the professional practice. The goal is to draw attention to the systemic marginalization of social and environmental justice questions in urban professions. This research is supported by the European Commission.

Maroš Krivý is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (2022–2024) and Professor of Urban Studies at the Estonian Academy of Arts. He was Research Associate at the University of Cambridge (2016–2018; ERC Advanced Grant “Rethinking Urban Nature”).

maros.krivy (at) cca.qc.ca





Publications

2023

2022
2021

2020

2019

2018

2017
  • Quality of Life or Life-In-Truth? A Late-Socialist Critique of Housing Estates in Czechoslovakia,” in Á. Moravánszky and T. Lange (Eds.), Re-Framing Identities. Architecture's Turn to History, 1970-1990. East West Central. Re-Building Europe 1950-1990, Vol. 3, pp. 303–318 (Basel: Birkhäuser, 2017)

2016
  • “Postmodernism or Socialist Realism? the Architecture of Housing Estates in Late Socialist Czechoslovakia,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 75, 1 (2016), 74–101
  • “From mining to data mining,” in K. Bērziņš et al. (Eds.), Baltic Atlas, pp. 191–202 (Berlin: Sternberg Press)
  • “On housing [interview with Owen Hatherley],” Ehituskunst: Investigations in Architecture and Theory, 57 (2016), 68–81
  • “Parametricist Architecture, Smart Cities, and the Politics of Consensus,” Ehituskunst: Investigations in Architecture and Theory, 57 (2016), 22–45

2015
  • “Greyness and Colour Desires: The Chromatic Politics of the Panelák in Late-Socialist and Postsocialist Czechoslovakia,” Journal of Architecture 20, 5 (2015), 765–802

2013
  • “Don’t Plan! The Use of the Notion of “Culture” in Transforming Obsolete Industrial Space,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Studies 37, 5 (2013), 1724–1746
  • with T. Kaminer, “Introduction: The participatory turn in urbanism,” Footprint (Delft School of Design Journal) 7, 2 (2013), 1–6
  • Participation, housing, and the question of ‘good architecture’,” Footprint (Delft School of Design Journal) 7, 2 (2013), 163–172

2012
  • “Obsolete Industrial Space in the Expanded Field,” in R. Morrow and  M.G. Abdelmonem (Eds.), Peripheries: Critical Studies in Architectural Humanities, pp. 101–114 (Routledge, London: 2012)

2011
  • “Speculative redevelopment and conservation: The signifying role of architecture,” City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action 15, 1 (2011), 42–62
  • with E. Mendieta, A. Richter and B. Catterall, “On ‘the urbanism of nothing’,” City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action 15, 2 (2011), 241−249

2010
  • “Industrial architecture and negativity: The aesthetics of architecture in the works of Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Smithson and Bernd and Hilla Becher,” Journal of Architecture 15, 6 (2011), 827–852


Exhibitions (selected)

Talks

2022
  • Environment: The Career of a Concept / SAH 75th Meeting (Pittsburgh) [paper session, co-organized with H. Mattsson]
  • New Approaches to Urban Nature: Landscapes, Practices, Ideas / AAG Annual Meeting (online)[paper session and panel discussion, co-organized with S. Jasper]
  • Urban Professionals and Ecological Imaginaries / AAG Annual Meeting (online)
  • Learning from Socialism: Alternative Modernities in the Second World (Iowa State University)[symposium contribution]

2021
2020

2019
2018

2017

2016

2015

2014
  • Invited lecture (Faculty of Social Sciences, Masaryk University, Brno, 3 Jun 2014)
  • Socialist and Post-socialist Urbanizations: Architecture, Land and Property Rights (Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, 8–11 May 2014). [international conference co-organized with T. Tuvikene]
  • Invited lecture (Edinburgh School of Architecture, 2 Apr 2014)

2013
  • Between Architecture of War and Military Urbanism (Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, 26–27 Apr 2013) [international conference co-organized with P. Lehtovuori]
  • Governing the Built Environment: Creativity, Culture and Design. AAG Annual Meeting (Los Angeles, 9–13 Apr 2013) [paper session organized by the author]
  • Participation Between Consensus-making and Contestation. ISA-RC21 Meeting (Berlin, 29–31 Aug 2013) [paper session co-organized with C. Hoelzl and J. Dohnke]
  • NGM 5th Meeting (Reykjavík, 11–14 June 2013)

2012
  • AAG Annual Meeting (New York, 24–28 Feb 2012)
  • Invited lecture (School of Architecture, Polytechnic University of Milan, 20 Jan 2012)

Mark