Ana Miljački’s Critical Broadcasting Lab
2018 Mellon Faculty Grant Recipient
MIT CAST Mellon Faculty Fellow Ana Miljački is a critic, curator, and Associate Professor of Architecture at MIT. Observing contemporary modes of architectural production and transmission, she saw a need to intervene in the field through new forms of operative criticism. Her project, Critical Broadcasting Lab, is driven by political and disciplinary urgencies and engages students interested in intervening in contemporary architectural discourse.
Through a series of interventions including workshops and public lectures, Critical Broadcasting Lab performs as a curatorial entity at MIT and beyond. In a series of Agit Arch Experiments in 2018, Miljački and participants of Critical Broadcasting Lab investigated contemporary media and methods of broadcasting architectural discourse and criticism. In the fall 2019 series “Conversations on Care”, the Critical Broadcasting Lab collaborates with the stewards of the architectural public sphere, who have led existing or have established new channels for the critical discussion of architecture. These platforms traverse different media of architectural broadcasting, from galleries and journals to listservs and podcasts, but they are united by their caretakers’ labor focused on establishing and maintaining precision, intelligence, and the humanity of individual utterances, as well as of the broader discussions that these platforms enable. Through conversation, which as a format necessarily operates through co-production, Critical Broadcasting Lab will examine the contemporary motivations, politics, interests, as well as the privilege of the caring subjects involved in curatorial and editorial forms of work.
The lab is simultaneously conducting an oral history, which will be presented in the form of an exhibition, about two forms of refusal by architects to engage—refusal to accept commissions and refusal to sue for copyright infringement.
More at the project website: Critical Broadcast
Ana Miljački is a critic, curator, and Associate Professor of Architecture at MIT, where she teaches history, theory, and design and directs the MArch Program. Miljački has previously taught studios and seminars at Columbia University, City College in New York, and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She holds a Ph.D. (2007) in history and theory of architecture from Harvard University, an MArch from Rice University, and a BA from Bennington College. Her research interests range from the role of architecture and architects in the Cold War era Eastern Europe, through the theories of postmodernism in late socialism to politics of contemporary architectural production.
Miljački was part of the three-member curatorial team, with Eva Franch i Gilabert and Ashley Schafer, of the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Their Biennale project, titled OfficeUS, critically examined the last century of US architectural offices, their professionalization, and their concomitant global contribution. As part of that project she co-edited OfficeUS Agenda (Lars Muller, 2014), OfficeUS Atlas (Lars Muller, 2015), and OfficeUS Manual (Lars Muller, 2017). Miljački recently guest edited Praxis 14: True Stories, and curated and produced an exhibition on the role of copying and originality in architecture, Fair Use with her students at MIT. Its latest instantiation, Un/Fair Use, co-curated with Sarah Hirschman was presented at the Center for Architecture in New York in 2015 and at UC Berkeley’s Wurster Gallery in 2016. Her Slowgramming Tokyo workshop resulted in an exhibition at Tokyo Institute of Technology in January 2018. Miljački is the author of The Optimum Imperative: Czech Architecture for the Socialist Lifestyle 1938-1968 (Routledge, 2017), and the editor of Terms of Appropriation: Modern Architecture and Global Exchange with Amanda Reeser Lawrence (Routledge, 2018).
Retro-Utopian Alternatives for Belgrade, Serbia
Presented by Critical Broadcasting Lab: Sydney Cinalli, Stratton Coffman, Boliang Du, Gabrielle Heffernan, Ben Hoyle, Eytan Levi, Catherine Lie, Marisa Waddle, Sarah Wagner, Yutan Sun, Ana Miljački, Rodrigo Cesarman, and Trevor Herman Hilker
2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism
September 7 – November 10, 2019
Donuimun Museum Village, Seoul, South Korea
Shared Trainers: A Dinner Party
Presented by Critical Broadcasting Lab: Ana Miljački, Gideon Schwartzman, Trevor Herman Hilker, Sydney Cinalli, Stratton Coffman, and Sarah Wagner
São Paulo International Architecture Biennial
September 10 – December 9, 2019
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Conversations on Care: Beatrice Gallilee
October 24, 2019 / 6:00pm
SA+P Long Lounge, MIT Building 7, Room 429
Conversations on Care: Tom Weaver
September 16, 2019 / 6:00pm
SA+P Long Lounge, MIT Building 7, Room 429
Agit Arch Experiment 3: “Populism” with Ana Miljački
November 16, 17 & 18, 2018
Agit Arch Experiment 2: “(Hacking) Click Bait Politics” with Luke Bulman and Ana Miljački
November 3 & 4, 2018
Free and open to the public, no registration necessary
Agit Arch Experiment 1: Ann Lui, Mimi Zeiger and Ana Miljački
October 13 & 14, 2018