Affective Architecture: Encountering Care in Built Environments


  • Linda Kopitz Universiteit van Amsterdam



Architecture, Affective Architecture, Care, Built Environments, Affect, Imagination


Between sprawling urban spheres and a return to the rural, between technological advancements and historical preservation, built environments become a productive sphere to explore imaginations of a shared future on a changing planet. At the same time, contemporary architectural writing appears to increasingly extend further than considering environmental care – particularly in relation to spaces and places frequently criticized for their ‘uncaring’ neoliberal politics. This article will argue that architecture is increasingly infused and saturated with affective connotations of care. Approaching global examples critically allows for a further exploration of the interdependency between spaces, places and communities that care. In this understanding, care becomes, quite literally, structural.

Author Biography

Linda Kopitz, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Linda Kopitz (MA) has studied at the University of Leipzig, Germany, and the University of Miami, USA, and holds a Research Master in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam. Connecting her professional experience as a Creative Director with her research, she is currently working as a Lecturer in Cross-Media Culture at the University of Amsterdam, where her main research interests are architectural media, gender and the intersection between technology and imaginations of the everyday.



How to Cite

Kopitz, Linda. 2022. “Affective Architecture: Encountering Care in Built Environments”. Krisis | Journal for Contemporary Philosophy 42 (1):29-42.