Storefront’s Critical Halloween Party Bibliography is a compilation of readings that acts as a resource for individuals interested in investigating the topic of each year’s Critical Halloween event. The bibliography for this year’s theme of “DEMO” focuses in particular on issues of demolition, erasure, and destruction. 

This bibliography is presented in conjunction with the Competition of Competitions of Competitions: Taking Buildings Down. If you re interested in learning more bout the competition, please go here

Demolition can be a tool for the erasure of memory, a strategy for growth, and more. We will collect existing philosophies, ideologies, and knowledge in the archives of history through a series of texts that sheds light upon the articulation of thoughts, costumes, and critique.


To submit your own contributions to the bibliography ON DEMO, send an email with citations to



Ammon, Francesca. Unearthing Benny the Bulldozer:The Culture of Clearance in Postwar Children’s books. Technology And Culture. Volume 53. Number 2. April 2012. 

Adams, Annmarie, and Shelley Hornstein. Can Architecture Remember? Demolition after Violence, Volume 7, Issue 1: 47-67. 2015.

Baudelaire, Charles. Baudelaire, Prose and Poetry. New York: A. & C. Boni, 1926.

Belanger, Pierre. Landscapes of Disassembly. Topos, 60: 83–91. 2007

Bevan, Robert. The destruction of memory: Architecture at war, Reaktion Books. 2006

Bonaparte, Marie, A Defence of Biography, 1939.

Byles, Jeff. Rubble: Unearthing the History of Demolition. New York: Harmony, 2005.  

Cairns, Stephen and Jane M. Jacobs. Buildings must die: A Perverse View of Architecture. M.I.T.P. 2014.

Chaplin, Sarah. Curating Architecture and the City. London: Routledge, 2009.

Cicero, The Nature of Gods

Conrad, Joseph. The Secret Agent. Modern Library Pbk. ed. New York: Modern Library, 1998.   

Corner, James. “Landscraping.” in Daskalakis, Georgia, Charles Waldheim, and Jason Young. Stalking Detroit. Barcelona: Actar, 2001: 122- 125.

Derrida, Jacques. Points… :Interviews, 1974-1994. Stanford University Press. 1992.

Descartes, René. Meditations on First Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. 2013.

Dillon, Brian. Ruin Lust. Tate Publishing 2014.

Diven, Richard J., and Mark Shaurette. Demolition Practices, Technology, and Management. West Lafayette, Ind.: Purdue UP, 2010.  

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Notes from Underground: And the Grand Inquisitor. New York: Dutton, 1960.   

Durbin, E. F. M., and John Bowlby. Personal Aggressiveness and War,. London: K. Paul, Trench, Trubner &, 1939.   

Easterling, Keller. Subtraction. Critical Spatial Practice (Book 4). Sternberg Press. 2014.

Elwood, Kenneth Larry. Post-demolition Preservation: Reclaiming Lost Architecture. Texas Tech University, 1998.

Freud, Anna. Normality and pathology in childhood: Assessments of development. Karnac Books, 1989.                 

Freud, Sigmund. Civilization and Its Discontents. New York: W.W. Norton, 1962.   

Freud, Sigmund, and James Strachey. Beyond the Pleasure Principle. New York: Norton, 1975.   

Fromm, Erich. The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 1973.  

Fontenot Anthony, Planned Destruction.   in Oswalt, Philipp. Shrinking Cities: Volume 2

Fuller, R. Buckminster. Critical Path.St. Martin’s Press. 1981.

Golding, William. Lord of the Flies, A Novel. New York: Perigee, 1954.   

Gordillo, Gaston. Rubble: The afterlife of Destruction. Duke University Press, 2014. 

Goyena, Alberto. Architecture inside out: urban transformations through the perception of demolition engineers. Vibrant: Virtual Brazilian Anthropology Vol 8, no.2. 2011.

Heidegger, Martin. Phenomenology of Intuition and Expression: Theory of Philosophical Concept Formation. London: Continuum, 2010.

Hollier, Denis, and Betsy Wing. Against Architecture: Writings of Georges Bataille. M.I.T.P, 1992.     

Jackson, John Brinkerhoff. The Necessity for Ruins and Other Topics. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1980: 89-102.

Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Random House. 1961

Julia Hell and Andreas Schonle, Ed. Ruins of Modernity. Duke University Press, 2010.

Kant, Immanuel. Critique of Pure Reason. The Macmillan Co. 1896.

Koolhaas, Rem. Preservation Is Overtaking Us. 2004.

Lorca, Federico García. Five Plays, Comedies and Tragicomedies. New Directions. 1963.

Lorenz, Konrad. On Aggression. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1966.   

Lyotard, Jean-François. Postmodern Fables. Minneapolis: Univ. of Minnesota Press, 1999.

Muller, Brook. Architectures of Beneficial Disturbance.   

Nancy, Jean. God, Justice, Love, Beauty: Four Little Dialogues. New York: Fordham UP, 2011.   

Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm. Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks. Chicago: Regnery, 1962.

Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm. The Birth of Tragedy and Other Writings. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge UP, 1999.  

Ouroussoff, Nicolai. New York City, Tear Down These Walls. The New York Times. September 26, 2008.

Petrovic, Goran. An Atlas Traced by the Sky. Geopoetika. 2012.  

Raad, Walid and The Atlas Group. Mapping Catastrophe and the Architecture of Destruction. Volume 25, Issue 6, 2011.

Schumpeter, Joseph A. Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy. 3d ed. New York: Harper, 1950.   

Sheikh, Fazal. The Erasure Trilogy. Steidl. 2015

Silver, Nathan. Lost New York. New York: Wings Books, 1982.  

Sontag, Susan. Death Kit: A Novel. Picador USA. 1967

Starr, Roger. “Making New York Smaller.” The New York Times. November 14, 1976: 33.

Smith, Joel. The Life and Death of Buildings: On Photography and Time . Princeton University Art Museum, 2012.

Thomsen, Andre, Frank Schultmann and Niklaus Kohler, Deconstruction, Demolition and Destruction, Building Research & Information Volume 39, Issue 4: 327-332.

Venturi, Robert. Iconography and Electronics Upon a Generic Architecture. MIT Press.

Virilio, Paul, and Philip Beitchman. The Aesthetics of Disappearance. New York, N.Y.: Semiotext(e), 1991.   

Walser, Robert. Selected Stories. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1982.


This bibliography has been compiled by Storefront for Art and Architecture and Inca, the curators of the upcoming Storefront Competition: Taking Buildings Down.