This collection introduces, illustrates, and advances fresh ideas about creative practice inquiry in architecture. It concerns architectural knowledge: how architects can use their distinctive skills, habits, and values to advance professional insight, and how such insights can be extended to make wider contributions to society, culture, and scholarship. It shows how architectural ways of knowing and working can be mobilised as tools for research.
Collected here are a series of creative practices that emerge out of architecture and actively engage with other fields and methods reaching across the academic landscape. Architectural inquiries collected in this book probe matters that lie beyond the obvious expectations, the conventions, the default, of the discipline. Drawing, borrowing, adapting, dramatising, perhapsing, monstering, experimenting, cartooning—the tools and methods of each inquiry vary but they all share a common outward gaze, engaging architectural ways of knowing with other disciplines and practices including the arts, biological sciences, ethnography, and technology. Chapters gathered here offer insight not only into incipient modes and tools of architectural research, but emerging ethical, practical, and philosophical positions intimately tied to the creative practices involved.
Setting-out the idea of creative practice inquiry in architecture, this innovative volume offers a lively and resourceful contribution to a growing body of work on design as research. It will be of interest to: students keen to pursue architectural ways of thinking and writing; practitioners who want to use their distinctive professional abilities to contribute to architectural and scholarly knowledge; and academics and doctoral candidates keen to engage with the burgeoning scholarly field of design research.
Introduction: creative practice inquiry in architecture Ashley Mason and Adam Sharr
Exposition and the staging of encounter: on assessing unconventional research outputs Rolf Hughes
Situational perhapsing Ray Verrall
Draught/draft papers Ashley Mason
Storying Practiceopolis Yasser Megahed
Into the void: drawing-out the default space of the suspended ceiling Kieran Connolly
Amateur adaptions James Longfield
Being in-between: a multi-sited ethnography of retirement housing Sam Clark
Learning from Tokyo: reading architecture and urbanism through Deleuzian lenses Nergis Kalli
Between there and here: drawing an alternative future for Wenzhou Xi Chen
Building, in the field Graham Farmer
At home on site: expanding the field of architectural research Prue Chiles
The Studio Apparatus Matt Ozga-Lawn
Discordant forms: seeking the transitional object in axonometric projection James Alexander Craig
Holding space in the post-digital: thinking through the Zoom studio Ed Wainwright
The architect’s cognitive prosthesis: a dialectical critique of Autodesk Revit Alex Blanchard
Neoliberal spectres: on creative practice and resisting instrumentality Luis Hernan
Biomaterial probes: creative practice engagement with living systems Carolina Ramirez Figueroa
Biodesign research in the Anthropocene Assia Stefanova
Liquid Architecture: design in a state of flux Pierangelo Marco Scravaglieri
Decentring humanism: working with nonhumans through the process of experiment Rachel Armstrong
Out of bounds: methods and outputs of the architect-researcher Katie Lloyd Thomas
"Architecture, as a discipline and a profession, is slowing awakening to the methodological opportunities availed by creative practice research. This collection offers myriad situated examples of how creative practice research performs its important work, paying attention to material relations, place-based concerns as well as mobilising the powers of the imagination."
— Hélène Frichot, Professor of Architecture and Philosophy, The University of Melbourne
"For anyone interested in the creation of our built environment including practitioners, students and academics, Creative Practice Inquiry in Architecture provides vital new answers to the question of the nature of architectural research. It reveals research by design is a rapidly growing field that operates from within the field of architecture while integrating creative combinations with external innovations. This volume of essays brings together insightful overviews of the issues with case studies that reflect a range of research sites and approaches based within a diversity of geographic locations. By taking us inside rigorous architectural research based in archive, studio, office, experimental lab and building site, that includes new technologies and materials, this book explains how we can move beyond traditional divisions between theory and practice."
— Paul Emmons, Patrick and Nancy Lathrop Professor of Architecture, Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, Virginia Tech
"This volume is a beautiful coming of age — a vibrant gathering of essays and projects that show with confidence and sensitivity what this field, after at least two decades, is capable of. Traversing the institutional boundaries that all too often still divide the studio from the seminar room, Creative Practice Inquiry in Architecture makes vital reading for anyone embarking on a creative journey of their own, and for those keen to dive into this exciting form of architectural research in all its subtleties and depths."
— Jane Rendell, Professor of Critical Spatial Practice, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL