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Footprint & 3C
Transcript of Footprint & 3C
Analytic Philosophy and Architecture: Approaching Things from the Other Side
Edited by Karan August and Lara Schrijver
In this Footprint, we suggest that the architecture debate may benefit from the less central traditions of analytic philosophy and of pragmatism, as they offer the means to address finite, localized, and tangible issues within architecture. We especially encourage contributions that approach issues of harnessing arguments within analytic philosophy to reinvigorate and re- appropriate roles of the architect as they navigate the ever increasing complexities of emerging in our field such as the digital augmentation of space, the ethical implications of new materials, the increasing independence of algorithms, the wealth of big data, and questions of the legal necessity to copyright one’s practice.
Issue 19 (vol. 10/2) Fall 2016
Spaces of Conflict
Edited by Malkit Shoshan and Marc Schoonderbeek
The forthcoming issue 19 will focus on these more recent roles of architecture in the contemporary spaces of conflict. Nowadays, we are becoming increasingly aware of living in a time of change: extreme conditions of militarization, climate change as well as economic crisis are threatening to structurally reconfigure our living environments. In this issue, departing from a spatial understanding of geopolitical, climatological and economical conflicts, we seek to introduce and add to the professional discourse new conditions, spaces and experimental practices. Focusing on ‘conflict’, we are interested in contributions that highlight the large scale and phenomenal transitions in the physical world and in society by extrapolating, through examples, the abundance of relations that can be traced between conflict, territory and architecture.
Issue 18 (vol. 10/1) Spring 2016
Constellation of Awakening: Benjamin and Architecture
Edited by Patrick Healy and Andrej Radman
Footprint 18 investigates the following issues: what Benjamin understands by the ‘constellation of awakening’, how he conceptualises ‘dialectical images’, his deployment of montage, his refusal of a conception of either progress or decline, and his undertaking to show that the images belong not only to a particular time but attain legibility only at a particular time. Famously, according to Benjamin, image is that wherein what has been comes together in a flash with the now to form a constellation. With regard to the architectural theory Benjamin engaged directly with the tectonic tradition, especially the work of Bötticher. He posited the tectonic unconscious and the deployment of optical instruments as crucial for understanding the development which architecture carried from the luxus capitalist forms of commodity. In light of technical innovations in iron and glass, it expressed a form of projective dream work of the architectural around material realisations as products of the industrial revolution, with long consequences for the future.
Issue 17 (vol. 9/2) Fall 2015
The 'Bread & Butter’ of Architecture: Investigating Everyday Practices
Edited by Ricardo Agarez and Nelson Mota
Footprint 17 addresses the architectural production of those who played their part in inconspicuous offices and unexciting departments, and that contribute insights to discuss the place of the architecture of ‘bread & butter’ in architectural history studies and in the politics of architectural design and theory. This issue of Footprint explores intellectual frameworks, didactic practices, research methods and analytical instruments that project the disciplinary focus further than the work of the ‘prime mover’, discussing the relevance of ‘salaried’ architects and institutional agency in shaping the spatial and social practices of the everyday.
Issue 16 (vol. 9/1) Spring 2015
Commoning as Differentiated Publicness: Emerging Concepts of the Urban and Other Material Realities
Edited by Heidi Sohn, Stavros Kousoulas and Gerhard Bruyns
Issue 16 of Footprint offers an array of diverse insights into contemporary commoning practices. Emanating from different angles of enquiry and theoretical perspectives the articles included here investigate the question of the commons through the re-conceptualisation of different subjectivities. New understandings of the empowering potentials and latent agency of self-organised urban movements, i.e., are approached by means of in-depth analysis and critical assessment. The spectrum of possibilities opened by differentiated political practices and strategies unveil renewed types of legitimacy. Furthermore, critical evaluations of spatial initiatives display emerging socio-spatial bodies, thus questioning the role of autonomy across a spectrum of scales and thresholds of negotiation. Ultimately, the analysis of and speculation on the mechanisms of contemporary commoning re-configure urban reality through the realisation of new materialities.
Issue 15 (vol. 8/2) Fall 2014
Dynamics of Data-Driven Design
Edited by Henriette Bier and Terry Knight.
The dynamics between data-driven processes and design, as well as the impact of these processes on artistic and architectural production, is addressed in 5 papers from authors with diverse backgrounds in media studies, art, and architecture. From theoretical explorations discussing cultural swarming techniques and data-driven design representation and materialisation aspects to practical (artistic and architectural) experimentation, this issue indicates the increasing convergence of computational and material systems.
Issue 14 (vol. 8/1) Spring 2014
Asignifying Semiotics: Or How to Paint Pink on Pink
Edited by Deborah Hauptmann and Andrej Radman.
This issue of Footprint examines the notion of asignifying semiotics, which plays a dominant role in contemporary capitalism and becomes indispensable in creating the very conditions for its political critique. Asignifying semiotics is not limited to the semiotics of mathematics, stock indices, money, accounting and computer codes, but includes the semiotics of music, art, architecture, film, dance, and so on. What they have in common is their repudiation of the hegemony of meta-languages. Asignifying signs do not represent or refer to an already constituted dominant reality. Rather, they simulate and pre-produce a reality that is not yet there. Existence is not already a given, it is a stake in the experimental assemblages, be they scientific, political or artistic. Deleuze and Guattari’s principle of asignifying rupture calls for relinquishing the tautological, and hence trivial effort of tracing, in favour of creative mapping. The ten articles in Footprint 14 constitute a cartography that is coextensive with the social field, no longer as mimesis but as poiesis.
Issue 13 (vol. 7/2) Fall 2013
The Participatory Turn in Urbanism
Edited by Maroš Krivý and Tahl Kaminer
This issue of Footprint examines the recent participatory turn in urban planning and urban design. It discusses the co-opting of participatory processes by planning departments, the systematic disregard of inequalities, and the empowering of the market resulting from the ‘anti-statism’ present in many participatory schemes. What is the relationship between the institutionalisation of participation and the practices of autonomy, self-organisation, and inclusion? When and how does genuine empowerment of collectives take place? Does the demand for the empowerment of local organisations and communities strengthen the market forces at the expense of central government? This issue attempts to problematise ‘participation’, to call attentions to some of its shortcomings, deficits, and limitations, not in order to necessarily bypass the demand for the democratisation of the urban, but in order to rectify and strengthen it.
Issue 12 (vol. 7/1) Spring 2013
Future Publics: Politics and Space in East Asia's Cities
Edited by Gregory Bracken and Jonathan D. Solomon
This special issue of Footprint began life in Shanghai, with the third Annual Delft School of Design (DSD) and International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) workshop, which was organized in conjunction with the Architecture Department of Hong Kong University (HKU) and took place in their Shanghai Study Centre in April 2011. The seven papers presented here look at issues of public space in East-Asian cities, beginning with an overview since 1945 and thereafter concentrating on cities in China, such as Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Nanjing, as well as a realm that is not often considered public space: urban rivers. The issue also considers the city of Bangkok, where urban design is examined as a counter public sphere.
Blue Declining Phase > Ochre Ascending Phase
Double Issue 10/11 (vol. 6) Spring 2012
Architecture Culture and the Question of Knowledge: Doctoral Research Today
Edited by Deborah Hauptmann and Lara Schrijver.
Over the past ten to 15 years most advanced education programmes within Schools of Architecture have been questioning the parameters and requirements of doctoral research both in terms of content and form. This double issue of Footprint was motivated by the question of where the field stands today. Footprint 10|11 presents nine contributions from both recently defended and developing PhD candidates from a variety of institutions. The diversity of their work, as well as the similarities found in the submissions, offers a partial view into research topics currently addressed in PhD programmes within Schools of Architecture.
Issue 9 (vol. 5/2) Autumn 2011
The European Welfare State Project: Ideals, Politics, Cities and Buildings
Edited by Tom Avermaete and Dirk van den Heuvel
This issue of Footprint is based on the conference session ‘The European Welfare State Project – Ideals, Politics, Cities and Buildings’ as organized by the editors at the first EAHN Conference in Guimarães, Portugal in 2010, and as elaborated in the second EAHN Conference in Brussels, Belgium in 2012 (together with Mark Swenarton). These sessions were proposed as part of the research programme ‘Changing Ideals – Shifting Realities’ at the TU Delft, which aims to further disclose, map and question the architectural culture of the second half of the twentieth century. It focuses on how the welfare state in Western Europe represents a unique time frame in which manifold shifts within the modernist discourse in architecture and planning were paired with societal changes that established new assemblages between producers, designers, governments, clients, builders and users. It is part of the editors’ assumption that the current crisis of capitalism puts the politics of redistribution back on the agenda. In re-investigating the vast legacy of the welfare state, it seems only natural to look for new models for collectivity, not to dwell in nostalgia, but indeed to find alternatives to suit the new situation. At the intersections of building practice, architectural viewpoints, national and local cultural contexts, a nuanced image of welfare state architecture emerges.
Issue 8 (vol. 5/1) Spring 2011
Defying the Avant-Garde Logic: Architecture, Populism, and Mass Culture
Edited by Dirk van den Heuvel and Tahl Kaminer.
This issue of Footprint focuses on the post-war years and the negotiation of architecture with an ever more advanced consumer society within the context of welfare state redistributive policies. Industrial, productivist logic is mixed in this era with the biopolitics of the emerging late-capitalist spectacle, and with the shock and awe brought about by the expanding mass-media networks.
Many of the contributions to Footprint 8 highlight the need for an alternative to the options spelled out in the last decades in architecture – a ‘radical pragmaticism’ of sorts. Michael Müller, in his diagnostic essay in this
Issue 7 (vol. 4/2) Autumn 2010
Edited by Stefano Milani and Marc Schoonderbeek
The field of drawing, as practice and discourse, seems to have entered an end-condition, where the celebration of the extensive production of drawings is combined with a certain fatigue in both its understanding and reflection. Drawing, nowadays, seems to be suspended in this in-between condition of objectivity and instrumentality, as image and information, as communication and science, whereas the theoretical field generated between these polarities seems to have lost its theoretical poignancy.
The seventh issue of Footprint attempts to address this contemporary state of affairs within a disciplinary understanding of the drawn theory of architecture. The premise of raising this issue originates from the critical exploration of a field within architectural theory that in the last decades has seen a progressive ‘de-problematization’. Even though the role of drawing is nowadays still regarded as the most common act of architecture, this understanding of drawing is hardly subject to critical inquiries, and, unfortunately, mostly limited to its instrumental role within the representation of the project.
Issue 6 (vol. 4/1) Spring 2010
Edited by Henriette Bier and Terry Knight
Similar to the way that industrial fabrication with its concepts of standardisation and serial production has influenced modernist architecture, digital fabrication influences contemporary architecture: While standardisation focused on processes of rationalisation of form, mass-customisation as a new paradigm that replaces mass production, addresses non-standard, complex designs based on non-Euclidean geometries. Furthermore, knowledge about the designed object can be incorporated at the level of its connectivity with data stemming not only from its geometry but also from its content and behaviour within an environment. Digitally-driven architecture implies, therefore, on the one hand, digitally designed and fabricated architecture, and on the other hand, it implies architecture controlled and actuated by digital means.
Issue 5, Autumn 2010
Edited by François Claessens and Anne Vernez Moudon
The fifth issue of Footprint investigates the question of metropolitan form. The necessity to focus on the scale of metropolitan areas is manifest as this is the dominant scale of contemporary global life. The process of urbanisation and the size of urban agglomerations have dramatically increased since the last decades. These dynamics alone demand radically changed thinking about internal spatial organisation and the form of urban regions. Yet, scholarly focus at the regional level has shifted away from spatial thinking of overall form towards issues of governance, socio-economic statistics, and global networks. While these approaches provide insight into contemporary conditions, lost in translation is the question of metropolitan form: what are the characteristics of its spatio-physical structures? What are its distinguishable elements? And what are the factors that determine the transformation of form through time? By addressing the question of metropolitan form we try to extrapolate - scale-up - the research notions and methods of ‘urban morphology' from the ‘urban' to the ‘regional' scale.
Issue 4, Spring 2009
Agency in Architecture: Reframing Criticality in Theory and Practice
Edited by Isabelle Doucet and Kenny Cupers
Whether critiquing the architect's societal position and the role of the user, conceptualising the performative dimension of the architectural object, or considering the effects of theory for architecture at large, current debates in architecture intersect in the notion of agency. As fundamental as it is often taken for granted, this notion forms the keystone of this issue, inviting contributors to rethink architecture's specificity, its performance, and its social and political relevance. Agency in architecture inevitably entails questioning the relation between theory and practice, and what it might mean to be critical - both inside and outside architecture - today. The main proposal is to rethink contemporary criticality in architecture, by explicating the notion of agency in three major directions: first, ‘the agency of what?' or the question of multiplicity and relationality; second, ‘how does it work?', a question referring to location, mode and vehicle; and third, ‘to what effect?', bringing up the notion of intentionality.
Issue 3, Autumn 2008
Architecture and Phenomenology
Edited by P. Healy & B. O’Byrne
With this the special issue of Footprint the question of the relation of philosophy and architecture, and the significance of phenomenology for architectural practice and discourse is broadly surveyed. Individually, and overall, the articles provide reflections and arguments on topics of space, location, place, architectural practice, meaning in architecture, and on the impact of phenomenology as a philosophical form of enquiry throughout.
Issue 2, Spring 2008
Mapping Urban Complexity in an Asian Context
Edited by G. Bracken & H. Sohn, Delft School of Design.
The second issue of Footprint aims at reuniting two themes which are receiving a great deal of attention in recent times: Asia’s extraordinary urban growth, and the problématique of mapping highly complex urban environments. The 21st century, forecasted by many as the ‘Pacific Century’, brings to the fore the region's economic, social, political and cultural changes, wide-ranging in their manifestation and far-reaching in their consequence. All of these factors are inscribed in the urban environment. In a region where a population of one million constitutes a small settlement and mega-cities such as Tokyo and Shanghai have come to dominate the global network, sheer size is itself an important issue and not just in practical terms. Then there is the apparent chaos that is actually a delicately balanced autopoeisis in cities such as Mumbai, as well as the interesting and potentially useful city-state model of Hong Kong. These conditions and rising phenomena bring important questions on the potentials and relevance of mapping to the fore.
Issue 1, Autumn 2007
Edited by T. Kaminer and L. Stanek
This inaugural issue of Footprint aims at understanding today’s architecture culture as a negotiation between two antithetical definitions of architecture’s identity. The belief in the disciplinary singularity of architectural objects, irreducible to the conditions of their production, is confronted - in discourse and design - with the perception of architecture as an interdisciplinary mediation between multiple political, economic, social, technological and cultural factors. With the concept of trans-disciplinarity, the negotiation between these two positions is investigated here as an engine of the ‘tradition of the present’ of contemporary architecture - the discourses and designs which emerged in the 1960s and defined orientation points for today’s architectural thought and practice.
Research Day Department of Architecture
Friday March 11, 2016
The Architectural Project and its Foundations
Seminar, peer review and debates
DRAWING, CURATING and WRITING
as modes of architectural research
Session 3 WRITING: Journals and Books
Delft Architecture Theory Journal
Critical and Clinical Cartographies
Andrej Radman and Heidi Sohn
Critical and Clinical Cartographies:
Architectural Territories / Robotic Phyla / Medical Flows / Philosophical Universes
Andrej Radman and Heidi Sohn, editors
Edinburgh University Press, MMXVI
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Four Domains of the Plane of Consistency
Andrej Radman & Heidi Sohn
A Research into Man Machine Technologies: Architecture’s Dream of a Bio Future
Part One: Architectural Territories
1. Urban Correlationism: A Matter of Access
2. Housing Biopolitics and Care
3. Amorphous Continua
Part Two: Robotic Phyla
4. Robots Don’t Care: Why Bots Won’t Reboot Architecture
5. The Convivial ART of Vortical Thinking
Keith Evan Green
6. Emotive Embodiments
Part Three: Medical Flows
7. Ecologies of Corporeal Space
Katharina D. Martin
8. Swimming in the Joint
9. Key-Hole Surgery: Minimally Invasive Technology
Part Four: Philosophical Universes
10. Elasticity and Plasticity: Anthropo-Design and the Crisis of Repetition
Sjoerd van Tuinen
11. Automata, Man-machines and Embodiment: Deflating or Inflating Life?
Charles T. Wolfe
12. Generative Futures: On Affirmative Ethics
Open Journal Systems (OJS) is an open-source software for the management of peer-reviewed academic journals, created by the Public Knowledge Project, released under the GNU General Public License.