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Entitled Order; Disorder, Issue 27 of the Department of Architecture’s journal, Scroope, was released on 4 July 2018 at the Annual University of Cambridge Architecture Department Summer Show in London.

The issue, which includes both research articles and design projects, examines order and disorder in architecture and cities in different times and scales, questioning their relevance for today and the future. The editors strove to address a number of concerns, as explained in the issue’s introduction:

Much effort has been invested in creating sets of values and rules that produce harmony, proportion and civility—the promises of order. On the other hand, disorder has been seen as a lack, a negative state of incompleteness, chaos, or threat; to be ‘out of order’ is to be inappropriate or broken. Just as order can be sinister, can disorder be virtuous? What are the implications for buildings and cities if it is disorder, rather than order, that is desired?

Contributions cover a range of themes including the relationship between the human and natural worlds; architecture and urbanism resulting from changing political order; and architectural typologies as the inadvertent consequence of order.

Order; Disorder features an interview with Farshid Moussavi OBE RA who gave the Second Annual Scroope Lecture titled 'Architecture, Aesthetics and Micropolitics' on 27 April 2018. In the interview, Moussavi revisits her previous research on function and aesthetics and expands on ‘micropolitics’, a term she uses to describe shifts in the possibilities of architecture as generated by design choices at all scales.

Issue 27 was edited by PhD candidates Dena Qaddumi, who researches the materialisation of revolution in Tunis,  and Sofia Singler, who examines Alvar Aalto’s post-war religious projects.

In an effort to make academic research publicly available, for the first time, the entirety of issue 27 is available online.

To order a hard copy of Order; Disorder, please e-mail:

Copies may also be purchased from Reception at the Department of Architecture.