Critical conversation (chapter 4)

Barac, Matthew (2022) Critical conversation (chapter 4). In: Critical neighbourhoods: the architecture of contested communities. Park Books, Zurich, pp. 129-160. ISBN 9783038602729

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Abstract / Description

By Matthew Barac in conversation with Julia King, Paulo Moreira and Elisa Silva.

When discussing a project or a place, we architects will often pick up a pencil and absent-mindedly sketch, or draw a diagram on the nearest piece of paper. It helps us think. Although something of a parody of the starchitect genius at work, the well-worn motif of the ‘napkin sketch’ or ‘back of the envelope’ vignette is a reality for many. But for the architects brought into dialogue by this book – Julia King, Paulo Moreira, Elisa Silva – the creative act neither starts nor stops at the table. They are first and foremost practitioners who do their practising in real places, lived contexts, with others, over a period of time. There is usually a ‘plan’ and there may be many sketches, but both the form and progress of the project are inevitably subject to change.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Architecture; Architectural practice; Research; City planning
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
600 Technology > 620 Engineering & allied operations
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 720 Architecture
Department: The School of Art, Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Matthew Barac
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2023 10:07
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2023 10:07

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