This book gathers relevant positions in the international landscape of theory, in the attempt to define the role of innovation within architectural design practice…
Publication Date: November 2022
Size: 6.69” x 9.45” Portrait
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“Features previously unpublished research and commentaries on the subject of innovation in the practice of architecture and the problem of its theorization supported by an articulate and diverse image apparatus.”
6.69” x 9.45” Portrait
In a time of supra-national economic, political and social crises, the architectural profession is acknowledged as necessitating a fundamental restructuring in order to gain both renewed relevance as a discipline and sustainability as day-to-day practice.
In what is arguably a most crucial time for discourse around issues that are concerned with the political, institutional and social shape of worlds to come, this book explores the agency of the project of architecture and its processes of innovation by constructing an opportunistic and contingent map of effectual positions.
The book is built around two sets of questions: the first set of questions concerns itself with the distinction between built objects and actions as the focus of observation, and as objects that are susceptible to innovating, or being innovated. Should discourse deal with the built matter of architecture: buildings – and their effects on our societies, their narratives? Or, on the contrary, should it deal with the system of practices that, together with other systems of practices (that of engineers, contractors, but also sociologists and philosophers) contribute to the production of built objects on a daily basis? Both positions recognize the built world as part of a stratified entanglement of social, economic and political instances. Agency is not a prerogative of human beings: buildings, documents, people, can have different types of agency within a complex process processes of innovation.
The second set of questions concerns itself with the understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, and is defined by two positions: one that looks to theory as a result of practice, another that looks to practice as subsequent to theory. The difference is notable: on one hand, we find the cartesian argument that makes ontology a product of epistemology, and locates the distinctive trait of human nature in our ability to think and formulate complex thoughts – which makes us fundamentally different from other animals, but also from machines. On the other hand, we find the pragmatist claim that ontology leads to technology, which, in some cases, leads to epistemology: technology is developed in the course of action, and exists even without a “preliminary and full” complete comprehension of its functioning. If competence precedes comprehension, knowledge is produced in practice: the interval of possibilities is narrowed down in the course of action and reaction, and effects emerge as a consequence. If, on the other hand, comprehension must precede competence, actions in practice should follow a definition of desirable effects: actants preliminarily define their field of agency, and then act accordingly.
These two axes are used to locate and compare different positions, thus allowing the readers to construct their own readings of what it means to innovate the project of architecture.
Valeria Federighi is an architect and assistant professor at the Department of Architecture and Design of Politecnico di Torino. Her research work focuses on analysing mechanisms of innovation in architecture as expanding practice. She is on the editorial board of the journal Ardeth and she is part of the China Room research group.
Elena Todella is an architect and a Post-Doc research fellow at Politecnico di Torino. Her research activities concern complex urban and architectural transformations, by focusing on both architectural design and decision making processes. She is currently involved in an excellence department project about the Agenda 2030 and the SDG 11.
Caterina Quaglio is an architect and a research fellow at the Politecnico di Torino. Her research work focuses on policies and practices of urban regeneration of public housing districts. She is part of the Future Urban Legacy Lab research group.
Andrea Alberto Dutto is an architect and research associate at the Chair of Architecture Theory of the RWTH Aachen University. In 2017 he completed his PhD as a joint title between Politecnico di Torino and the RWTH Aachen University. His research focus concerns encyclopedism, handbooks, dictionaries, and diagrams employed in the making of architecture.
Daniele Campobenedetto is an architect and Assistant Professor in Architectural and Urban Design at the Department of Architecture and Design of Politecnico di Torino. His research activities especially investigate urban transformation and urban design in European cities, focusing on architectural typologies and urban rules. He is a Research Fellow of the interdisciplinary research center “Future Urban Legacy Lab”. He is also Journal Manager and Editor of the journal “Architectural Design Theory”.
Caterina Barioglio is an architect and Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Design of Politecnico di Torino. Bridging history and design, her research relates to urban regeneration processes and urban design, with a main focus on building typologies and the effects of urban rules on the city form. Since 2018 she has been a research fellow at the interdepartmental center FULL – Future Urban Legacy Lab. She is an Editor of Ardeth – Architectural Design Theory Journal.
Hélène Frichot – Melbourne
Petar Bojanic – Belgrade
Snezana Vesnic – Belgrade
Jörg Gleiter – Berlin
Pierre Caye – Paris
Donato Ricci – Paris
Alessandro Armando – Torino
Giovanni Durbiano – Torino
Albena Yaneva – Manchester
Lidia Gasperoni – Berlin
Maria Fedorchenko – London
Ozan Soya – Berlin
Matheus Cartocci – Torino
Melek Pinar Uz Baki – Ankara
Klaus Platzgummer – Berlin
Gianfranco Orsenigo – Milano
Elena Guidetti – Torino
Ambra Migliorisi – Roma
Marco Paladines – Berlin
Federico Cesareo – Torino
Contributor’s previously published works:
Valeria Federighi, Monica Naso, Daniele Belleri (eds.), The Eyes of the City: Architecture and Urban Space after Artificial Intelligence. ISBN 978-3775748803, 55€. Berlin: Hatje Cantz, 2021
Valeria Federighi, The Informal Stance. Representations of Architecture and Informal Settlements. ISBN 978-1940743394. San Francisco: Applied Research and Design, 2018.
Fregonese, E., Quaglio, C., Todella, E. SIN|TESI. Disegnare l’azione: metodi e strumenti [Drawing action: methods and tools]. ISBN 978-8891915115, 21€. Milan: Pearson, 2020
Veronica Cavedagna, Andrea Alberto Dutto, (eds.), Schema. Verso un dizionario filosofico-architettonico [Scheme. Towards a philosophical architectural dictionary]. ISBN: 9788894163124, online publication. Torino: Philosophy Kitchen, 2019.
Avenue of the Americas. New York, biografia di una strada, Caterina Barioglio, ISBN: 9788835118466, 39€, FrancoAngeli, 2021
Paris les Halles. Storie di un futuro conteso, Daniele Campobenedetto, ISBN: 9788891760166, 27€, FrancoAngeli, 2017
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