Foreword to the first issue of Contour Journal The first issue of Contour presents a series of contributions from emerging scholars from around the world on the question “What is research in architecture?”. The contributions map a territory of research practices related to architecture and the built environment, the urban; and also to two of their main subject matters: space and its different users. The outline of this territory is marked by architectural and educational practices that stretch far beyond classic disciplinary boundaries. The goal of the Contour editorial team was not to reach consensus about ...

Introduction: Divergences in Architectural Research

Issue #1 DAR

BOOK REVIEW Carlo Ratti with Matthew Claudel adjunct editors: Assaf Biderman, Michele Bonino, Ricky Burdett, Pierre-Alain Croset, Keller Easterling, Giuliano da Empoli, Joseph Grima, N. John Habraken, Alex Haw, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Alastair Parvin, Ethel Baraona Pohl, Tamar Shafrir (Thames & Hudson, UK, 2015) Towards a redefinition of the architect... “The Brutalist Playground” is an upcoming exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) exploring Brutalist design for play. The exhibition promises to shift the focus from the value of brutalist residential buildings to the playgrounds found ...

Open Source Architecture

Book Review

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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