(a)rchitecture at the hardware store

Smith, Catherine D. (2007) (a)rchitecture at the hardware store. In Orr, Kirstin & Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (Eds.) Fourth International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, 27-29 September 2007, Sydney, Australia.

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In this paper, I explore do-it-yourself approaches in installation art and building projects. Although DIY products and systems were developed to help non-professionals, they can also enable professionals to experiment with different methods of creating buildings and spaces. DIY approaches allow people to change spaces while they occupy them, because do not require specialized construction tools, knowledge and insurance. This has practical implications for design and its practice. I show how DIY approaches create evolving, germinant spaces by looking at examples of site-specific installations and experimental residential projects. The blurring of designing, making and occupation in these projects reveals how everyday materials can act upon and transform design practice.

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ID Code: 12272
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the publisher’s web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: DIY, site, specific installation art, experimental making, germinant practice
ISBN: 9780980284041
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Catherine D. Smith
Deposited On: 30 Jan 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 05:44

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