On Theory and Method 3: Critical Projections


This workshop considers ‘Critical Projections’ as an emergent field in architecture research. Critical projections may include works that respond to environmental and societal challenges related to the experience of climate change, social, economic and political shifts, e.g., and are often concerned with projections of different futures. Critical and projective research may oscillate between critical inquiry and hands-on propositions, reflexive and speculative moments where architecture research takes forms of novel modes of representation and mediation, practice-led projects, transdisciplinary collaborations, ficto-criticism and/ or activist practices, etc. It may hereby borrow research approaches from other fields and trigger the development of novel key terms, theories, methods and practices. We will situate critical projections in relation to both critical and projective theoretical and methodological approaches.

International guests are:
- David Garcia, MAP architects in Copenhagen and Head of the Institute of Architecture and Technology at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts is concerned with architecture research of extreme environments. He has developed the periodical MAP, dealing with out of balance scenarios, which appears twice a year.
- Sophie Handler, Chair of the RIBA working group on Research and Ageing and Research and Planning Officer for Age-Friendly Cities has completed a practice-led PhD at the Bartlett, UCL, on alternative spatial practices in older age. She is currently working with the University of Manchester and Manchester City Council supporting the development and application of 'Age-Friendly' concepts into local urban policy and practice.
- Nel Janssens, architect and spatial planner, teaches at KU Leuven, Sint-Lucas Department of Architecture in Brussels and Ghent. She is concerned with transdiscipliary knowledge production in architecture and urbanism and has completed her thesis in “Utopia-Driven Projective Research” at Chalmers.

The program will start on Thursday, March 12, 11.00 and will be concluded on Friday, March 13 at 14.00.

Researchers are invited to send abstracts (100-200 words) for a 10-15 minutes paper discussing the theoretical framework and methodology of their ongoing research related to ‘Critical Projections’. Registrations or abstracts should be sent before March 1 to: Meike Schalk meike.schalk(@)arch.kth.se.

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