In Less is Enough Aureli argues that the Franciscan monasteries exemplify the kind of protective secession from the economic that architecture ought to provide for the contemporary subject. This essay challenges both Aureli’s account of monastic practices and the broader implications of his arguments. These, it is shown, lack an effectively critical position. Rather than confronting the complexities of contemporary urban reality, they offer only a retreat to a mystified notion of architectural and subjective autonomy. In doing so, this essay concludes, Aureli inadvertently aligns himself with elements of the neoliberal project he supposes himself to be opposing.
Abstract for ‘Less than Enough: A Critique of Aureli’ in This Thing Called Theory by Teresa Stoppani, Giorgio Ponzo, and George Themistokleous (editors) to be published by Routledge, 2016