On December 1, 2016, I was very honored to give the annual Myriam Bellazoug Memorial lecture at the Yale School of Architecture. My talk, Law Ends, analyzed law as fiction and the similarities between law and architecture. In effect, if architecture is a “design for a pattern of behavior,” can we not also say that law is similarly a design for a pattern of behavior? That both can, and do, foist their power upon us in order to force us to act or not act in a certain way?
It was a memorable experience, and one that I very much looked forward to given that it was the first time that I addressed a group of architects, architecture theorists and architecture students. The questions and conversations that ensued left me quite energized and made me realize that the spaces of architecture and law are some spaces that I still have to examine.