Clemens Finkelstein

Clemens Finkelstein

New York, NY, US



Clemens Finkelstein is a historian and theorist of art and architecture. He is a doctoral student in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University, a graduate of the History and Philosophy of Design program at Harvard University, and has worked extensively as a writer, editor, consultant, researcher, and curator in Europe and North America.

Areas of professional interest include the history and philosophy of architecture, its relation to art history and aesthetics, especially in the context of Modernism, its temporal transformations, geographical displacements, and philosophical engagements; with a particular focus on critical traditions and pedagogy.

Side projects include writings/installations/exhibitions on contemporary art and design, minimalism, experimental electronic sound art, and underground (sub)cultures.

Clemens's Featured Articles on Archinect

Cross-Talk #9: The Architecture Play — Introduction, Mon, Mar 11 '19

In this 9th installment of our ongoing series Cross-Talk, we are looking at the role of Play in Architecture and how it might find its way to a naive and revitalized foundation for disciplinary foundations.  The mission of Archinect’s series Cross-Talk is to bring forward the ...

Cross-Talk #9: The Architecture Play — Introduction

Cross-Talk #5: 'Decadent Critic(sch)ism, Words for Fingers' by Clemens Finkelstein, Mon, Apr 16 '18

The role of Archinect’s series Cross-Talk is to bring forward the positive aspects of the polemic and allow for the resulting conflict to bring to life an otherwise still and comfortable climate of creativity—if there can be one. Cross-Talk attempts—if to only say ...

Cross-Talk #5: 'Decadent Critic(sch)ism, Words for Fingers' by Clemens Finkelstein

Cross-Talk: 'The Agonist' by Clemens Finkelstein, Tue, May 23 '17

A(nta)gonistic—a fragile web composed of the agonist, antagonist, and anti-agonist—is how the contemporary struggle unfolds in architectural discourse: an interrelated mess of pretension shooting bursts of polemic observations and sadomasochistic exposure, bouncing from media-outlet to ...

Cross-Talk: 'The Agonist' by Clemens Finkelstein

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