ARCH+ 238 Architektur Ethnografie

ARCH+ special issue, March 2020, 216 pages, CHF 22.00, ISBN 978-3-931435-56-1
Momoyo Kaijima, Andreas Kalpakci, Laurent Stalder (eds.)



More than ever, global crises shatter contemporary society. From climate change to social inequity, they shake the discipline of architecture to its most profound foundations. Architekturethnografie asks how could the multiple and often contradictory demands of society be put back at the heart of the discipline for it to remain a social art.
Architectural drawings have shown in recent years to be an effective tool for unfolding and tracing all the different realities that accompany the life of, in, among, and around architecture, from usages, to the interrelationship between buildings and their surroundings. In describing the settings where people live today, these drawings disengage with the narrow productive logic of CAD plans, and feature instead a characteristic openness, which allows multiple stakeholders—architects, citizens, workers, and politicians alike—to discuss together about the built environment.
This shift in architectural thinking reflects a more general movement towards ethnography, where both anthropology and the arts have reappraised drawing as a means to observe societies as well as to expose their specificities. Contributing to a research that started with the Japan Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, this special issue of ARCH+ builds on this expanded notion of ethnography to focus on the different approaches and various stages in the making of drawings. Sometimes, this process is geared towards reaching a precise end, and sometimes it has neither real beginning nor end. Other times, instead, the final image and a carefully-curated textual description is all that counts.
Architekturethnografie features contributions from the arts, anthropology, archaeology, and sociology, as well as from architectural practice, education, and history. Some authors offer varied understandings of the thickness within which architecture is embedded, indicating possible directions for a global history of architectural ethnography. Others reflect on the making of their own work, and open new paths to reimagine an integrative architectural practice.

Contributions by Akihito Aoi; Tom Avermaete; Marie Combette, Clémence Pybaro, and Thomas Batzenschlager; Drawing Architecture Studio; Larissa Fassler; Ifat Finkelman; Suzanne Hall; Yuko Hasegawa; Alice Hertzog-Fraser; Tim Ingold; Interboro Partners; Izumi Kuroishi; Bruno Latour; Lesley McFadyen; Ákos Moravánszky; Wolfgang Müller; Bas Princen; Jan Rothuizen; Łukasz Stanek; Studio Tom Emerson; Do Ho Suh; Yoshiharu Tsukamoto; WBYA?

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