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Telling Storeys: Flirting with room specifications as a critical fictional-factual document
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE). (Critical Studies in Architecture)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6883-6387
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

During a period of 2 years, Beda Ring, a PhD candidate in Critical Studies in Architecture at KTH in Stockholm, illegally occupied one of the row houses from the 1977 Rossi/Pizzigoni project Case Unifamiliari in Mozzo, Italy, and began renovating in the name of queer-feminist architectural design research. The renovation adopts what Susan Sontag describes as a Camp sensibility, to undermine a serious and privileged discipline. In her “Notes on ‘Camp’” from 1964, she writes: “The whole point of Camp is to dethrone the serious. Camp is playful, anti-serious. More precisely, Camp involves a new, more complex relation to ‘the serious.’ One can be serious about the frivolous, frivolous about the serious.”

Inspired by architectural scholar Katie Lloyd Thomas’ description of the architectural specification document as “drawings with words,” this critical fictional-factual document materializes theoretical ideas, while opening up for important connections between the research and practice of architecture through critical writing practices. It asks what would happen if I take this “mundane” specifications document less seriously?

In this critically playful adaptation of an architectural room specifications document, beDA RING ARCHITECTS use words to propose material changes to this existing modernist interior that question privilege, power, and ethics of an architectural discipline. It uses fiction to displace the assumptions already built-in to the practices and methods architects use in architectural practice, and explores how the words architects use to describe what is to be built, possess a real power and the possibility to instigate political change. Based on Gavin Butt’s concept scholarly flirtations, through the specification and materialization of built changes, Beda flirts with the idea that there might be another way.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
Keywords [en]
architecture, feminism, room specifications, critical fiction
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Humanities and the Arts
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-219375OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-219375DiVA, id: diva2:1162604
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AHRA Conference, Architecture & Feminisms, KTH
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QC 20171212

Available from: 2017-12-04 Created: 2017-12-04 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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