08 April 2014

Research Methodologies

Allen: Practice vs. Project

Allen states: “There is no theory, there is no practice.  There are only practices which consist in action and agency.  They unfold in time and their repetitions are never identical.  It is for this reason that the know-how of practice (writing and design) is a continual source of innovation and change.”  What does this mean? What if a person or group do not continue to innovate?

What are material practices?  How does it fit into the larger category of theory and practice?

Do you agree that in practice the desired continuity of a project should in no way be compromised by the apparent structural expedient, such as in Frank Lloyd Wrights Guggenheim Museum?

Practice vs. Project is marked by the pragmatic idea of “differences that make a difference.”  What are some examples other than the Guggenheim that rely on this concept?

“De Certeau understood that there can never be a perfect correspondence between the regulated geometric structure of the planned city and the unruly practices it supports.  The cities inhabitants are always ready to take advantage of this mismatch between structure and performance.  This in turn suggests that the control exercised by any disciplinary regime can never be total.  Resistance will find other pathways around, or under, or through, the constraints imposed from outside, pathways that lead away from transgression, catastrophic overthrow, withdrawal or retreat.” This quote can give argument to one of our past discussions on how a digital walkthrough may be too direct for the natural flow of someones experience in and around a building. Thoughts?

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