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Five Lessons in a Ficto-Critical Approach to Design Practice Research
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture. (Critical Studies in Architecture)
2015 (English)In: Drawing-On: Journal of Architectural Research By Design, ISSN 2059-9978, Vol. 1Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

In the following text I propose to offer the outline of five preliminary lessons in a ficto-critical approach to creative research practices in architecture, or more precisely, between architecture and philosophy; a transversal relay I pursue through my own research. I will identify these creative and critical practices as operating amidst what can be called an ‘ecology of practices’, a formulation I appropriate from the philosopher of science Isabelle Stengers (who also stresses the power of fiction with respect to explorative practices in the sciences) although I will ask whether it might be helpful to refer instead to ecologies, placing the stress on the plural, in order to allow for more diverse trans-disciplinary encounters. I propose ecologies of practices as surely every ecology jostles alongside another ecology; as one ecology brims over the threshold into another it either wreaks havoc and brings about the decline of a neighbouring less resilient ecology, or else enjoins a more powerful composition, an allegiance. At these thresholds a certain ethics is called for, and the possibility of experiencing-experimenting with an ethico-aesthetics.[i] With respect to much of what I will discuss here I am indebted to the researchers I have had the opportunity to work with in the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University and within ResArc, the research institute that conjoins the four schools of architecture in Sweden. In many instances I have guided these researchers through their PhD projects, as they, in turn, have guided me into an understanding of the very difficult domain of research by or through design. In particular I thank Michael Spooner, Julieanna Preston, and Margit Brünner for kindly allowing me permission to reproduce their images.

[i] Guattari, Félix. 1995. Chaosmosis: An Ethico-Aesthetic Paradigm, trans. Paul Bains and Julian Pefanis. Sydney: Power Publications.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Edinburgh: The University of Edinburgh , 2015. Vol. 1
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ficto-criticism, ethico-aesthetics, creative research practices, ecological encounters
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-193063OAI: diva2:974878

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Available from: 2016-09-27 Created: 2016-09-27 Last updated: 2016-10-13Bibliographically approved

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