Scandalous artifacts: practice between archaeology and architecture

Alessandro Zambelli

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This paper argues that architecture and archaeology are simply (and not so simply) forms of one another, that some resemblances between them are explicit and revealed, and that others have become obscured with time. Both disciplines use drawing and both often work with buildings or artifacts because, uncontroversially, architecture and archaeology share aspects of common origin. Of the divergent and now occluded resemblances between the two disciplines, this paper argues thatdesignfor architecture andreconstructionfor archaeology are almost identical. It further suggests that once rendered explicit through forms of interdisciplinary analysis and practice,design-reconstructionenables ways for interdisciplinary research to practice in the space between them. Using Claude Lévi-Strauss’ term “scandal” for transgressive social practice to inform Julia Kristeva’s interdisciplinary “site[s] of encounter,” this paper attempts to characterize the kinds of drawing practices - scandalous artifacts - that may be made between architecture and archaeology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-201
Number of pages20
JournalArchitecture and Culture
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2015


  • architecture
  • archaeology
  • drawing
  • interdisciplinarity
  • transdisciplinarity reconstruction
  • design
  • scandal


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