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Immediate architectural interventions, durations and effects: apparatuses, things and people in the making of the city and the world
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå School of Architecture. (Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Intervention)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4140-0794
Arts University Bournemouth. (Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Intervention)
2013 (English)In: Intervention, durations, effects: notes of expansive sites and relational architectures / [ed] Alberto Altés and Oren Lieberman, Baunach, Germany: Spurbuchverlag , 2013, 1, 28-45 p.Chapter in book (Refereed) [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

We begin setting out our thoughts on immediate architectural interventions with a couple of considerations. One of them addresses the architectural profession’s progressive disconnection from the social, from the political, from history, from the local, from ethics, from the body, from the ‘discipline’ itself. A whole generation of architects has abandoned the design of coexistence - undoubtedly one of the main tasks of architecture – in order to embrace, on the one hand, the serial fabrication of what we see as anti-architectures that repeat types, materials and structural systems on the basis of a pragmatic and productive juxtaposition of normative restrictions and the interests of bankers, investors, and developers; and on the other hand, the production of ‘stunning’ unique prototypes of image-architecture that satisfy the ill, self-worshipping yearnings of architects mired in the ceaseless luxury of formal exploration for the sake of form. We are critical of what is being embraced and of the practices that perpetuate disconnection from lived lives.

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Baunach, Germany: Spurbuchverlag , 2013, 1. 28-45 p.
Keyword [en]
urban interventions, duration, effects, things, materialism, relational architecture, public space
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Aesthetics; Cultural Anthropology; Education; Ethics
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-80977ISBN: 978-3-88778-393-8OAI: diva2:652100
Formas Strong Research Environment "Architecture in Effect"
Swedish Research Council Formas
Available from: 2013-09-29 Created: 2013-09-29 Last updated: 2015-09-14Bibliographically approved

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