This paper challenges several suppositions regarding Architecture, its role and agency (supported in some cases by past iterations of the Biennale). Architecture is considered as intrinsic to socio-political upheaval, as an actor rather than a barometer, as self-reflective (and therefore both autonomous from and dependent on other disciplines), and as a propositional force for the (urban) environment. Ultimately, the paper advocates the specificity of architecture, even (and especially) in its involvement with other disciplines and complex contexts of operation. Contents: Architecture is not late; Architecture trans-forms; Architecture thinks; Architecture changes; Architecture is silent; Architecture laughs.
|Title of host publication||Common Ground: a critical reader|
|Place of Publication||Venice|
|Publisher||Marsilio; 13th International Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 26 Aug 2012|