Expanding Fields of Architectural Discourse and Practice

Curated Works from the P.E.A.R. Journal

Edited by Matthew Butcher and Megan O'Shea


ISBN: 9781787359093

Publication: November 27, 2020

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.'
Critique d’art  

Matthew Butcher is Associate Professor in Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

Megan O'Shea is an art producer and consultant for Contemporary Art Society Consultancy.

List of Figures
Notes on Contributors

Matthew Butcher


1. Place as a reflexive conversation with the situation
Ben Sweeting

2. 'The Grand Pear' (Home): Mass housing for a mass of people
Edwin Burdis

3. Undead and/or dead living: The new social category
Jonathan Griffin and Mateo Tannatt

4. Yesilyurt
Karin Ruggaber in Conversation with Megan O’Shea

5. A life of its own
Jane Rendell

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'
Neil Spiller

Study, Sample and Synthesis

8. Horizon remix: A 'crisis' in the architectural image – representations of Lacaton & Vassal's 'double space'
Robin Wilson

9. A conversation with Le Corbusier
The Klassnik Corporation

10. Architectures of slowness: Actioning historical loops and repetitions
Matthew Butcher

11. A (drawn) practice(d) construction: Relational structuring, chased
Perry Kulper

12. Open score architecture
Yeoryia Manolopoulou

13. Saved from the wrecking ball on a daily basis: Participation in design conversation and everyday experience
Tom Coward/AOC

Landscape and Ecology

14. Writtle Calling/2EmmaToc: A radio station for Essex
Melissa Appleton

15. The fossilization of architecture in the Anthropocene
Jan Zalasiewicz

16. Architecture in the dark
Jonathan Hill

17. Seoul City Machine
Liam Young

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
Adrian Forty

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
Mollie Claypool

25. Choreographing curatorial conversations  
Kate Goodwin

26. Shelf life
Guan Lee


'The story told by the authors of this work can thus be considered as the central tool of an architectural transgression.'
Critique d’art  


Format: Hardback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

474 Pages

138 colour illustrations

Copyright: © 2020

ISBN: 9781787359093

Publication: November 27, 2020

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