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Architecture in Dialogue with an Activated Ground

Unreasonable Creatures

Urs Bette

ISBN: 9781787357228

Publication: February 03, 2020

Series: Design Research in Architecture

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Architecture in Dialogue with an Activated Ground sets out to validate the role of the unreasonable in the design process.

Using case study projects, architect Urs Bette gives an insight into the epistemological processes of his creative practice, and unveils the strategies he deploys in order to facilitate the poetic aspects of architecture within a discourse whose evaluation parameters predominantly involve reason. Themes discussed include the emergence of space from the staged opposition between the architectural object and the site, and the relationship between emotive cognition and analytic synthesis in the design act. In both cases, there is a necessary engagement with forms of ‘unreasonable’ thought, action or behaviours.

By arguing for the usefulness and validity of the unreasonable in architecture, and by investigating the performative relationship between object and ground, Bette contributes to the discourse on extensions, growth and urban densification that tap into local histories and voices, including those of the seemingly inanimate – the architecture itself and the ground it sits upon – to inform the site-related production of architectural character and space. In doing so, he raises debates about the values pursued in design approval processes, and the ways in which site-relatedness is both produced and judged.

Urs Bette is Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide and Director of Urs Bette : Design. He holds a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and a PhD from RMIT University Melbourne. His design works have been shown at the Architectural Biennale Venice, the AEDES Architecture Gallery Berlin and the FRAC Centre Orléans. His research investigates the role of ‘the unreasonable’ in the design process, revealing strategies that facilitate the poetics of architecture within a professional discourse dominated by expectations of quantifiable performance.

 

Foreword                

Introduction                                    

Coinage

Personal                   

Austrian                    

Angewandte             

Mentors              

Modes     

Unreasonable              

Analytic                  

Agents     

Characters                

Space                  

Ground               

Case Study       

Speculative               

Built                      

Experimental             

Teaching               

Conclusion              

Appendix 

Bibliography

Index

 



Format: Open Access PDF

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Copyright: © 2019

ISBN: 9781787357228

Publication: February 03, 2020

Series: Design Research in Architecture

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