Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
On Avoidance
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Urban Design. (Critical Morphology (SAD))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7089-4244
2019 (English)In: After Effects: Theories and Methodologies in Architectural Research / [ed] Hélène Fright, Gunnar Sandin, Bettina Schwalm, Barcelona: ACTAR, 2019, p. 380-397Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter reflects on how the “social” comes into being and how it relates toquestions of architecture and urban environments. My aim is not to identify what “the social” is but to introduce and discuss a few aspects that seem important for grasping its full complexity. In a sense, the chapter is a response to recent tendencies in practice aswell as theory, where “recent” at times reaches decades back while these tendencies seemto be particularly strong currently. On the practice side, such concerns include the focus onthe creation of “lively” environments as a response to all kinds of perceived or postulatedills or as means to all kinds of positive social outcomes. On the theoretical side, the comingdiscussion reflects on vastly different approaches that focus on questions of architecture, space, identity, and the ever-elusive “social” in a similar way. That is, I address tendenciesto discuss the social as lively, as social interaction, as copresence, as assemblages, as community activity; as negotiation between subjects, objects, bodies, and space; as situated, embodied, or emplaced. These tendencies extend to discussions and theoriesof how “the social,” “urban life,” or social structures come to be produced. I find much ofthis work interesting, as it has demonstrated its fruitfulness on many levels. But I perceive a risk in letting common lines of thought become too dominant; that is, in allowing the fruitful, complex, and rich descriptions of in situ social processes become the description andunderstanding of social processes. What happens to the idea of “social” and “society” if it, in whichever terms we prefer to define it, is somewhat translatable either to Georg Simmel’s sociability, Guy Debord’s spectacle, or strictly and locally situated in its performativity? Ina sense the questions that will be raised reflect Claire Bishop’s critique of relational art as considering “subjectivity as a whole” and “community as immanent togetherness” (Bishop 2004: 67). I find it troubling when the aforementioned terms—lively, social interaction, copresence, etc.—are too readily combined with community, with the assumption that particular forms of enacted (observable) sociality is good specifically because of the implication that other ways of acting are bad.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Barcelona: ACTAR, 2019. p. 380-397
Keywords [en]
architecture, avoidance, encounter, lively public space, public space, social space
National Category
Architecture
Research subject
Architecture
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-250512ISBN: 978-1-940291-99-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-250512DiVA, id: diva2:1308019
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2011-00075Swedish Research Council Formas, 2011-00074
Note

QC 20190522

This chapter is a reworked version of the conference paper "...and avoidance" focusing on the theoretical-methodological challenge for a wider qualitative architectural research. It has seen another development in a journal paper "On Avoidance: Reflections on processes of socio-spatial structuring" which goes more explicitly into spatial modelling principles of avoidance actions.

The writing of the chapter was financed by FORMAS Architecture in the Making, and the processing (review, copy-edit, editing of the book, etc) and publishing by FORMAS Architecture in Effect.

Available from: 2019-04-30 Created: 2019-04-30 Last updated: 2019-05-22Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Authority records BETA

Koch, Daniel

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Koch, Daniel
By organisation
Urban Design
Architecture

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

isbn
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

isbn
urn-nbn
Total: 28 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf