Expanding Fields of Architectural Discourse and Practice
presents a selection of essays, architectural experiments and works that explore the diversity within the fields of contemporary architectural practice and discourse. Specific in this selection is the question of how and why architecture can and should manifest in a critical and reflective capacity, as well as to examine how the discipline currently resonates with contemporary art practice. It does so by reflecting on the first 10 years of the architectural journal, P.E.A.R.
(2009 to 2019). The volume argues that the initial aims of the journal – to explore and celebrate the myriad forms through which architecture can exist – are now more relevant than ever to contemporary architectural discourse and practice.
Included in the volume are architectural practitioners, design researchers, artists, architectural theorists, historians, journalists, curators and a paleobiologist, all of whom contributed to the first seven issues of the journal. Here, they provide a unique presentation of architectural discourse and practice that seeks to test new ground while forming distinct relationships to recent, and more longstanding, historical legacies.Praise for Expanding Fields of Architectural Discourse and Practice
'The story told by the authors of this work can thus be considered as the central tool of an architectural transgression.'
List of Figures
Notes on Contributors
1. Place as a reflexive conversation with the situation
2. 'The Grand Pear' (Home): Mass housing for a mass of people
3. Undead and/or dead living: The new social category
Jonathan Griffin and Mateo Tannatt
Karin Ruggaber in Conversation with Megan O’Shea
5. A life of its own
6. The Whitechapel Gift Shop
Torange Khonsari (public works) in conversation with Megan O’Shea
7. Dwelling in the twenty-first century: 'The Professor's Study'
Study, Sample and Synthesis
8. Horizon remix: A 'crisis' in the architectural image – representations of Lacaton & Vassal's 'double space'
9. A conversation with Le Corbusier
The Klassnik Corporation
10. Architectures of slowness: Actioning historical loops and repetitions
11. A (drawn) practice(d) construction: Relational structuring, chased
12. Open score architecture
13. Saved from the wrecking ball on a daily basis: Participation in design conversation and everyday experience
Landscape and Ecology
14. Writtle Calling/2EmmaToc: A radio station for Essex
15. The fossilization of architecture in the Anthropocene
16. Architecture in the dark
17. Seoul City Machine
18. On the enclosures of time
Jes Fernie and Marjolijn Dijkman
19. 'The Topiary Garden of Houldsworth Terrace'
Flea Folly Architects
20. Mallory's ascent: Engaging the space of death through architectural drawing
Stasus – James Craig and Matthew Ozga-Lawn
Meaning in Material
21. Forget material
22. 'MeMeMeMe Totem'
Adam Nathaniel Furman
23. Digital doubles, colliding in mid-air Prototyping a postdramatic scenography
Bob Sheil and Thomas Pearce
24. The discrete turn: A reconsideration of architecture’s ontology
25. Choreographing curatorial conversations
26. Shelf life