Maroš Krivý is a writer, urbanist and historian who works at the intersections of architectural history, urban geography and media studies, and maintains an intermittent art practice. His work centers around the broadly conceived environmental question: Maroš explores the “environmental” as distinct from disciplinary power of architects, urban planners, and other expert communities; especially as it underwrites and is underwritten by systems thinking (ecology, cybernetics), neoliberal governance (smart cities, livability), and the obsolescence question (wastelands, revitalization). He likes to think genealogically about temporalities that are “late” (late capitalism, late socialism) and “post” (post-Fordism, postmodernism), and to do an archeology of architectural and urban futures.

Maroš is Associate Professor and Director of Urban Studies at the Faculty of Architecture, Estonian Academy of Arts. He was previously Research Associate at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.

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  • 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)

  • “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

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

  • “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

  • “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)

  • “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

  • “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)






  • 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)

  • 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)

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

  • INURA 20th Meeting (Zürich, 27–30 June 2010)

  • European Sociological Association, 9th Meeting (Lisbon, 2–5 Sep 2009)

  • ISA-RC21 Meeting (Tokyo, 18–20 Dec, 2008)