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Maros Krivy PhD

Maros Krivy PhD

Research Associate (working with Prof Matthew Gandy)

My work interrogates diverse post-war trajectories wherein environment emerged as a problem and a dispositif. I write histories and geographies of convergence between architectural, ecologic, cybernetic and psychological renderings of environment.



  • 2012-: Faculty of Architecture, Estonian Academy of Arts


  • 2012 PhD in Urban Studies, University of Helsinki
  • 2005 MA in Sociology, Charles University, Prague
  • 2003 BA in Sociology, Charles University, Prague


Asking how environment becomes a field of knowledge, governmentality, subjectification and conflict, I researched such topics as the use of the notion of culture in regenerating industrial architecture, participatory urbanism, the late socialist critiques of housing estates and the becoming-algorithmic of urban planning in smart city doctrines. Currently, I study how the "environmental" question has played out in Tallinn/Estonia, interrogating the role of nature in the late socialist Estonian independence movement, the "naturalization" of neoliberal urbanism, wasteland aesthetics and biomimetic architecture.


Journal articles

  • Krivý, M., (2018, forthcoming). From Planning to Biomimicry? The Neovitalist Impulse in Contemporary Urbanism. Scapegoat: Architecture, Landscape, Political Economy 10.
  • Krivý, M., (2018, forthcoming). Urbanism, Organicism and the History of Environments as Dispositifs. Architectural Histories.
  • Krivý, M. (2018) Towards a Critique of Cybernetic Urbanism: The Smart City and the Society of Control. Planning Theory 17(1), pp. 8-30.
  • Krivý, M., Ma, L. (2018) The Limits of the Livable City: From Homo Sapiens to Homo Cappuccino. Avery Review 30.
  • Krivý, M. (2016) Postmodernism or Socialist Realism? The Architecture of Housing Estates in Late Socialist Czechoslovakia. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 75(1), pp. 74-101.
  • Krivý, M. (2015) Greyness and Colour Desires: The Chromatic Politics of the Panelák in Late-Socialist and Postsocialist Czechoslovakia. Journal of Architecture 20(5), pp. 765-802.
  • Krivý, M., 2016. On Housing (interview with Owen Hatherley). Ehituskunst: Investigations in Architecture and Theory 57, pp. 68-81.
  • Krivý, M. (2016) Parametricist Architecture, Smart Cities, and the Politics of Consensus. Ehituskunst: Investigations in Architecture and Theory 57, pp. 22-45.
  • Krivý, M., Kaminer, T. (eds.) (2013) Introduction: The Participatory Turn in Urbanism. Footprint 7(2), pp. 1-6.
  • Krivý, M. (2013) Participation, Housing, and the Question of "Good Architecture". Footprint 7(2), pp. 163-172.
  • Krivý, M. (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), pp. 1724-1746.
  • Krivý, M. (2011) Speculative Redevelopment and Conservation: The Signifying Role of Architecture. City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action 15(1), pp. 42-62.
  • Krivý, M. (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), pp. 827-852.
  • Krivý, M. (2010) The Idea of Empty Space. Pro Kaapeli Movement and the Cable Factory in Helsinki. Yhdyskuntasuunnittelu. The Finnish Journal of Urban Studies 48(3), pp. 9-25.

Book chapters

  • Krivý, M. (2018, forthcoming) Anonymous Concrete Monsters, c. 1990. In K. Cupers, H. Mattsson, C. Gabrielsson (Eds.) Neoliberalism: An Architectural History. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • Krivý, M. (2018, forthcoming) Humanization of Living Environment and The Late Socialist Theory of Architecture. In V. Kulić (Ed.) Second World Postmodernisms: Architecture and Society under Late Socialism, Bloomsbury, London.
  • Krivý, M. (2017) Quality of Life or Life-in-truth? A Late-socialist Critique of Housing Estates in Czechoslovakia. In Á. Moravanszky, T. Lange (Eds.) Re-Framing Identities. Architecture's Turn to History, 1970-1990. East West Central. Re-Building Europe 1950-1990, Vol. 3. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2017), pp. 303-318.
  • Krivý, M. (2016) From Mining to Data Mining. In K. Bērziņš et al. (Eds.) Baltic Atlas. Sternberg Press, Berlin, pp. 191-202.
  • Krivý, M. (2012) Obsolete Industrial Space in the Expanded Field. In R. Morrow and M. Abdelmonem (Eds.) Peripheries (Critical Studies in Architectural Humanities). Routledge, London, pp. 101-114.


I have been teaching regularly a graduate course on urban and architecture theory, the objective of which is to trace the emergence and development of the urban, between the late 19th century and today, as a specific field of knowledge intersecting architecture, urbanism and social sciences. I have also led numerous research studios, experimenting with ways in which research, policy formulation and design could be bridged in a non-instrumental fashion.

External activities

  • I maintain a practice in visual/installation art. My projects include "New coat of paint", presented as a solo exhibition at the Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, 2013 and included in the Alternativa festival in Gdansk, 2013. The installation "Vernacular geology" (with Agata Marzecova) was included in the Baltic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2016 and exhibited at Architectural Association in London in 2018.
  • Main organizer of the conference "Architectures, Natures, Data: The Politics of Environments" (Tallinn, Estonia, 2017)
  • Member of the Architecture and Environment interest group of the European Architectural History Network
  • External reviewer for International Journal of Urban and Regional Studies; Journal of Architecture; Planning Theory; Cities; City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action; Baltic Worlds; The Baltic Journal of Art History