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Carnival: Performed transgressions

Sara, Rachel


Rachel Sara



Within a book on architecture and transgression, this chapter explores the way in which urban acts of transgression such as zombie walks, urban beaches, street parties, illegal raves, street interventions (sofas, cushions on streets), pop-up cinemas, knit bombing, skateboarding, push at the boundaries of what is acceptable, what is normal. These performed events are explored as a carnivalesque challenge to the established order of the city. They are seen as a release from the conformity of the everyday that allow anyone to engage. As such these events layer a colourful, humanising, temporary element over the commercial, formal and functional elements of the city which allow anyone to change the atmosphere of a street and therefore anyone can become an architect.


Sara, R. (2012). Carnival: Performed transgressions. In L. Rice (Ed.), Architecture + Transgression, 60-67. Architecture Centre, Bristol

Publication Date Jan 1, 2012
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 60-67
Book Title Architecture + Transgression
ISBN 9780955360930
Keywords architecture, city, carnival, transgression, performance