06 July 2011

Research Methodologies & Experimental Architecture

1) Woods (p.22) discusses instability as key to stability. How much instability is necessary or good?

2) Woods p.23 "All designed Space is in fact pure abstraction, truer to a mathematical system than to any human 'function.'" Do you agree with his assessment?

3) Woods describes his 'free-space' on page 27. He speaks of secret rooms devoid of any meaning and filled with electronics for communicating with other 'free-spaces.' Doesn't this give the spaces a function? Can a space ever be totally 'free.' If so how would you use such a space (or would you use it at all)?

4) Does Woods' Twenty Tactics of New Practice (p.28) seem plausible? If a city were destroyed, could this be a viable scenario for reconstruction, or is it just theory?

5) Spiller (p.13-14). Ledoux wanted to bring social order and remove the bad habits of his workers through architecture. Do you think this is an achievable goal? Was surveillance relied upon to much in his plan?

6) How useful is the purely theoretical architecture describe by Stiller? Does is serve a practical purpose other than art?

7) Is it more important to develop a new theory (or set of theories) with every project as Allen suggests on page XII and XIII, or should architects also be trying to develop their own style?

8) Do you agree with Allen (p.XIV) that architecture is a material and not discursive practice? Or is it something of a mixture of the two?

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