Perhaps the contour is most impenetrable where architecture borders the humanities, which is where my research takes place. Architecture as practice is about buildings, whereas psychology and sociology mainly deal with the behavior of people vis-à-vis other people. Architecture is taught in institutes of technology, humanities are taught at universities. All this may be the reason why the human side of building is so underexposed in education. Buildings are the product of a long process of initiating, planning, design, financing, engineering, and construction, in which the end-user has no role other than undergoing ...

Architecture’s Contour and the Urge to Research

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L'architecture comme lecture des apparences:une question de traduction. La question de la traduction anime peut-être et à juste titre toute science telle qu’elle soit. Considérant la ville ou mieux l’habitat – au sens large – d’un milieu dit urbain, les sciences de la ville impliquent une traduction toute particulière, celle de l’espace en image, autant que la traduction de l’image en espace. La représentation semble indissociable et inhérente aux problématiques liées à la ville à en croire le géographe Antoine Bailly dans son ouvrage Représenter la ville. À la question « qu’est ce que ...

Images de pensée. Penser en images.

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While the practice of Architecture – as defined by the design and construction of spaces for habitation - can be traced back to the origins of human civilization, the profession of Architecture is a relatively recent institution, brought about by a growing separation between design, engineering, and construction practices. This delineation between areas of expertise within the building industry has been further strengthened by a rift in professional culture, legal liability, and contract deliverables. As a result (or perhaps a cause), we see limited collaboration between architects and engineers in the academic ...

What is building performance? Who measures it and why?

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Contour est une revue interdisciplinaire, qui apporte un regard associant des résultats de recherches scientifiques et des points de vue originaux sur l’urbanisme et l’architecture. C’est dans ce cadre d’expression que ma recherche s’est opérée, créant une passerelle entre une recherche fondamentale et pratique : du développement académique à une réalité pratique. La discipline architecturale est une nouvelle voie de recherche qui doit trouver ses propres outils d’expérimentation et de synthèse qui sont les clefs d’un résultat scientifique. Ma propre recherche s’inscrit dans le cadre de ...

Scale

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It’s better late than never, so the saying goes, and even if we, as post-post-ism researchers in the era of extreme specialization and fragmented knowledge, may have the impression that everything has been already written, all oceans explored and there is not an untouched single corner of our life horizons left to dream about, we still find ourselves pursuing doctoral research. However, we can be sure that one thing that still stays largely unexplored is the depths, the abyss. The depths of knowledge, I mean, and without wanting to sound pretentious, we are here because we strive for understanding beyond ...

Inhabiting the borders

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The vast landscape of ideas that researchers from architecture and urban planning traverse during their doctoral studies can make many regret the distance they see growing between their everyday research activities and design. This distance can create a fear that the research conducted in the tower of the university will turn out to be irrelevant to practice—that the forays into the foreign territory of related social and natural sciences provide no path of return. Yet, the design process itself is rich with such intellectual meandering. The challenge is perhaps to make research meaningful for the action ...

Straddling the Contour: Designing Research to Inform Design

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It is often unclear whether by architectural research we mean research about architecture, research through architecture or research for architecture. These three categories, borrowed from Christopher Frayling’s discussion on research in design and art [zotpressInText item="{SK55ID6M}"], are not mutually exclusive, but they do look for legitimacy in different fields. We are familiar with forms of historical and theoretical research about architecture. Improvement of architectural and design practice as the focus of design research has been addressed in a significant body of work by design practitioners and ...

(What) is Research Appropriate to Architecture?

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