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Towards an expanded field of architecture, 1st Edition

Edited by Louis Rice, David Littlefield


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Transgression means to 'cross over': borders, disciplines, practices, professions, and legislation. This book explores how the transgression of boundaries produces new forms of architecture, education, built environments, and praxis.

Based on material from the 10th International Conference of the AHRA, this volume presents contributions from academics, practicing architects and artists/activists from around the world to provide perspectives on emerging and transgressive architecture. Divided into four key themes – boundaries, violations, place and art practice - it explores global processes, transformative praxis and emerging trends in architectural production, examining alternative and radical ways of practicing architecture and reimagining the profession.

The wide range of international contributors are drawn from subject areas such as architecture, cultural geography, urban studies, sociology, fine art, film-making, photography, and environmentalism, and feature examples from regions such as the United States, Europe and Asia.

At the forefront of exploring inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research and practice, Transgression will be key reading for students, researchers and professionals with an interest in the changing nature of architectural and spatial disciplines.

Table of Contents

Introduction Louis Rice & David Littlefield Intervention 1: Advertisements For Architecture Bernard Tschumi SECTION 1: BOUNDARIES The Fly And The Satellite: Transgressing ‘Planetary Boundaries’ In The Anthropocene Renata Tyszczuk Space And Its Assembled Subjects: The Neurotic, The Psychotic, And The Pervert Lorens Holm Transgression And Ekphrasis In Le Corbusier’s Journey To The East Gordana Korolija Fontana-Giusti Intervention 2: R-URBAN: A Participatory Strategy Of Transgression: Towards A Resilient City Constantin Petcou & Doina Petrescu SECTION 2: VIOLATION Informal Architecture/sLouis Rice Diffuse Transgression: Making The City In The Margins Of The Law Dana Vais Transgression & Temperance: The Newcastle Hoppings Ella Bridgland & Stephen Walker Intervention 3: Art/Architecture Practice Didier Faustino SECTION 3: PLACE Transgressing Origins: Dialogical Narratives In Contemporary Japanese Architecture Robert Brown Rupturing The Surface Of The Known Phoebe Crisman Transgressing Established Contemporary Boundaries: In The Footsteps Of The Filid: The Crime Novelist As True Chronicler In Ulster Keith Mcallister & Colm Donnelly Architecture In The Material Space Of Possible Transgression Nathaniel Coleman Intervention 4: Rogue Game: An Architecture Of Transgression Can Altay SECTION 4: ART PRACTICE Modes Of Transgression In Institutional Critique Gunnar Sandin We-Minotaur-Labyrinth-Root: Talking Transgression With Beuys And Bataille Victoria Walters Underground Urban Caretaking: Unearthing Social Knowledge Through Image And Sound Sara Brolund De Carvalho And Anja Linna

About the Editors

Louis Rice is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.

David Littlefield is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.

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 / Professional Practice