Spaces of architectural overcoming

Smith, Catherine D. (2005) Spaces of architectural overcoming. IDEA Journal, 6(1), pp. 51-59.

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This paper reflects an interest in how interior and landscape sites are connected in their capacity to exceed or "overcome" architecture and practice conventions of designing, making and use. In professional architectural practice, these conventions are generally treated as distinct and hierarchical steps. This reflects a view of life that is ordered, controlled and deterministic. Referring to ideas that affirm the unpredictable and evolutionary nature of life, I argue for more experimental, improvised spatial practices. I have drawn primarily from Elizabeth Grosz's writings about space and time to show how we can use change and spontaneous making in everyday life as designing. This has helped me to question how spaces are produced, and the singular design "authority" of the architect or building designer. I have found that working in interior and landscape sites provides more opportunities for unplanned construction connected to the lives of those who inhabit space: opening up architecture and architectural practice to unpredictable forces repressed in professional practice. This paper, part of my doctoral research, is third in a series for the IDEA journal exploring the conceptual and practical dimensions of experimental interior projects.

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ID Code: 5599
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: overcoming, unfolding, transversing
ISSN: 1445-5412
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
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 2005 Cathy D. Smith
Deposited On: 28 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2010 01:32

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