Architecture and Sociology: A Sociogenesis of Interdisciplinary Referencing


  • Séverine Marguin Technische Universität Berlin



architectural research, design research, figurational sociology, re-figuration of spaces, sociology of science, sociology of space, spatial analysis, urban planning, urban sociology


In this article, I examine the relationships between architecture and sociology through a historical lens. I provide an analysis of their cross-referencing since their respective disciplinary foundations in line with the histoire croisée [crossed history] approach. I also address the positions held by architectural researchers in sociology and by sociologists in architectural research both at the level of the disciplinary object itself—"architecture" and "society"—and at the level of the disciplines themselves: Do architectural researchers work with sociological knowledge or collaborate with sociologists and vice versa? In the reconstructed narrative, I demonstrate that, despite repeated attempts at rapprochement, collaborations did not become sustainable until the early 2010s, when—in the course of the what became known as the "design turn"—fundamental new aspects in interdisciplinary referencing could be observed, pointing to an integrative quality in both disciplines.


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Author Biography

Séverine Marguin, Technische Universität Berlin

Séverine MARGUIN is a sociologist and ethnographer of science heading the Methods Lab in the Collaborative Research Centre 1265 "Re-Figuration of Spaces" at Technische Universität Berlin. After completing her doctorate on artist collectives in Paris and Berlin, she worked as a researcher on the project "ArchitecturesExperiments" in the Cluster of Excellence "Image Knowledge Gestaltung" at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In her research, she focuses on science studies, collectivity, interdisciplinarity, visual research methods, and experimentalization.>




How to Cite

Marguin, S. (2021). Architecture and Sociology: A Sociogenesis of Interdisciplinary Referencing. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 22(3).



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