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Architecture and Field/Work

1st Edition

Edited by Suzanne Ewing, Jeremie Michael McGowan, Chris Speed, Victoria Clare Bernie


194 pages

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Identifying and critically discussing the key terms, techniques, methodologies and habits that comprise our understanding of fieldwork in architectural education, research and practice, this book collates contributions by established and emerging international scholars. It will be of interest to critical practitioners, researchers, scholars and students of architecture.

A selection of critical historiographies, theoretical strategies and reflective design practices challenge us to think seriously about our knowledge, experience and application of fieldwork in architecture.

Table of Contents

Architecture and Field/Work Introduction Suzanne Ewing Part 1: Field/Work Practice Introduction Jérémie Michael McGowan 1. Collaborative Practices: Hybrid Ethnographies and Fieldwork Approaches in Barabazaar, Kolkata, India Martin Beattie 2. The Erotics of Fieldwork in 'Learning from Las Vegas' Michael Ostwald and Michael Chapman 3. Inside the Cave, Outside the Discipline Catharina Gabrielsson 4. Group Pioneering: Robert Smithson and Circle’s Early Forays to the Field Emily Scott Field Note 1 Andrea Kahn Part 2: Field/Work and Site Introduction Chris Speed 5. Landscape with Statues: Recording the Public Sculpture of Sussex Jill Seddon 6. Fieldwork in Public Space Assessment: William Holly Whyte and the Street Life Project 1971-1975 Miriam Fitzpatrick 7. Vietnamese Field /work: the Case of Hanoi’s Water Urbanism Kelly Shannon 8. Open Field: Documentary Game Renata Tyszczuk 9. The Critical Where of the Field: a Reflection on Fieldwork as a Situated Process of Creative Research Ella Chmielewska and Sebastian Schmidt-Tomczak Field Note 2 Alan Dein Part 3: Field/WorkTechniques Introduction Victoria Clare Bernie 10. Drawing Sites: : Site Drawings Paul Emmons 11. Field Diaries Prue Chiles and Carolyn Butterworth 12. Contested Fields: Perfection and Compromise at Caruso St John’s Museum of Childhood Mhairi McVicar 13. Editing the Field: Video Tales from Globalised Cityscapes Krystillia Kamvasinou 14. Blighted Igor Marjanović and Lindsey Stouffer Field Note 3 Can Altay Afterword Jane Rendell

About the Editors

Suzanne Ewing is an architect and academic who teaches architectural design at the University of Edinburgh. She is a partner at zone architects and contributes to public discourse on design in the UK and Europe through workshops, exhibitions and publications.

Jérémie Michael McGowan is an artist, designer and academic who has taught and exhibited in the UK, United States and Finland.

Chris Speed is Reader in Digital Spaces at Edinburgh College of Art.

Victoria Clare Bernie is an artist and academic who teaches architecture at the University of Edinburgh.

About the Series


Critical Studies in Architectural Humanities
Critiques is the book series of the AHRA – Architectural Humanities Research Association. Originally established in 2003 AHRA supports and disseminates interdisciplinary scholarship in all areas under the broad heading of architectural humanities, including architectural history, theory, culture, design and urbanism.

This original series of edited books contains selections of essays developed from the best papers presented at the annual AHRA International Conferences. Each year the event has a particular thematic focus while sharing an emphasis on new and emerging areas of critical research. Recent interdisciplinary areas addressed include urban studies, spatial politics, anthropology, exhibitions and representation.

To find out more about AHRA activities including the themes to be addressed in forthcoming conferences please follow the link below:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching